From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsomebodysome‧bod‧y1 /ˈsʌmbɒdi, -bədi $ -bɑːdi, -bədi/ ●●● S1 W3 pronoun PERSON/PEOPLEused to mean a person, when you do not know or do not say who the person is SYN someone, → anybody, everybody, nobody There’s somebody waiting to see you. Somebody’s car alarm kept me awake all night.somebody new/different/good etc We need somebody neutral to sort this out. If you can’t make it Friday, we can invite somebody else (=a different person). ‘Who can we get to babysit?’ ‘I’ll call Suzie or somebody.’
Examples from the Corpusor somebody• Did that mean a patient, or a friend, or somebody everybody knew, like the postman?• The first lesson is always the same: never repeat what you see or hear, or somebody might get indicted.• Everyone will recognise themselves or somebody else in the song.• Marge, or somebody, had provided the reporters with photographs.• Flora or somebody had told her where to find him.• And there was a shadow, something or somebody moving against the eastern window.• Three, four floors up, wind whipping at his clothes until the cops would come or somebody would freak out.• I bet she told Jill or Terry or somebody about it.somebodysomebody2 noun → be somebody
Examples from the Corpussomebody• Which just goes to prove, you do have to be a somebody to get ahead in this town!• A white person was by definition somebody.