Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. No person; not anyone: Nobody told you to go.
  • n. A person of no importance or influence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Not any person; the logical negation of somebody.
  • n. Someone who is not important or well-known.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. No person; no one; not anybody.
  • n. A person of no influence or importance; an insignificant or contemptible person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. No person; no one.
  • n. Hence An unimportant or insignificant person; one who is not in fashionable society.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person of no influence

Etymologies

no +‎ body (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "There was nobody -- _nobody_ who had a right to think himself injured by your brother, even long before?"

    The Castle Of The Shadows

  • "Mrs. Matthews says a charwoman and a little girl from the village used to be left alone in the house for months, to play any sort of games, with nobody to look after them -- _nobody_ -- while you were away!"

    Sir George Tressady — Volume I

  • Thus, whether Shakspeare were written by nobody or not, it seems pretty well proved that _nobody gave_ the plays to Shakspeare; so that, whether by inheritance, _purchase_, or divine afflatus, the man who wrote Shakspeare was -- William Shakspeare.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 449 Volume 18, New Series, August 7, 1852

  • This thing has got into a feud, boy, and in a feud you cain't trust nobody -- _nobody_! "

    Judith of the Cumberlands

  • "The man's bringing a chair and smokes and liquor, and you'll let nobody in -- _nobody_.

    The Sins of Séverac Bablon

  • Personally myself, "declared Mrs. Jackson modestly," I don't aim to expose my shoulder blades for nobody -- not for _nobody_. "

    The Lady Doc

  • How come again nobody is asking Obama about Donald Young?

    Obama says differences with Clinton 'infinitesimal'

  • He faced me steadily and said a word nobody had ever said to me.

    Noble Norfleet

  • Larger plates pimping the fusion include a Walle Burger in a Shanghai pancake bun; pan-seared fluke w/ king crab & pork chili; a Creekstone Farms beef trio that includes slow-roasted short rib, filet mignon, and marrow; and mac-and-bleu-cheese-sided Sweet Chili Baby Back Ribs, a phrase nobody eating there has ever actually uttered.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Ultimately, it wasn't until a few hundred years after Jesus died that he officially became part of the "godhead," a term nobody can explain.

    Did Jesus Claim To Be God?

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  • I'm nobody! Who are you?
    Are you nobody, too?
    Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
    They'd banish us, you know!

    How dreary to be somebody!
    How public like a frog
    To tell one's name the livelong day
    To an admiring bog!

    --Emily Dickinson

    August 4, 2008

  • I associated this word with nebula because nobody wanted to follow up nebula. mollusque, you're too smart for us. See skipvia's Free Association list.

    July 9, 2008