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Princeton's WordNet

  1. somehow, someway, someways, in some way, in some manneradverb

    in some unspecified way or manner; or by some unspecified means

    "they managed somehow"; "he expected somehow to discover a woman who would love him"; "he tried to make is someway acceptable"

  2. somehowadverb

    for some unspecified reason

    "It doesn't seem fair somehow"; "he had me dead to rights but somehow I got away with it";


  1. somehowadverb

    In one way or another; in some way not yet known or designated; by some means; as, the thing must be done somehow; he lives somehow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Somehowadjective

    One way or other; I know not how.

    Etymology: some and how.

    The vesicular cells may be for receiving the arterial and nervous juices, that, by their action upon one another, they may be swelled somehow, so as to shorten the length of every fibril. George Cheyne.


  1. somehow

    Somehow is an adverb that is used to indicate an uncertain method or manner in which something occurs or is accomplished. It implies that the means or reasons behind it may not be clear or easily explainable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Somehowadverb

    in one way or another; in some way not yet known or designated; by some means; as, the thing must be done somehow; he lives somehow

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2378

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2031

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'somehow' in Adverbs Frequency: #184

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of somehow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of somehow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of somehow in a Sentence

  1. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

    If Paul Gosar was telling the truth, Paul Gosar would have apologized by now, and it's been well over a week, paul Gosar not only has not apologized, Paul Gosar not only has not made any sort of contact or outreach, neither Paul Gosar nor the Republican leader of the party. But Paul Gosar's also doubled down by saying that I am somehow, I'm somehow a representative of undocumented people and that somehow is deserving a characteristic of violence.

  2. His Holiness:

    Everyone too much formal like that, then somehow they brought some fruit, somehow dumped over, and then everyone acted like a human being.

  3. Roosevelt, Eleanor:

    I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

  4. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    A best seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well.

  5. Pam Dawber:

    Somehow he had that magic. If you put it on paper you would be appalled, but somehow he had this guileless little thing that he would do – those sparkly eyes. He’d look at you, really playful, like a puppy, all of a sudden. And then he’d grab your t--s and then run away. And somehow he could get away with it. It was the '70s, after all.

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    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    • A. recital
    • B. impurity
    • C. pluck
    • D. muddle

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