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Meaning & Definition of Somewhat in English





1. To a small degree or extent

  • "His arguments were somewhat self-contradictory"
  • "The children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other"
  • slightly,
  • somewhat,
  • more or less

2. To a moderately sufficient extent or degree

  • "Pretty big"
  • "Pretty bad"
  • "Jolly decent of him"
  • "The shoes are priced reasonably"
  • "He is fairly clever with computers"
  • reasonably,
  • moderately,
  • pretty,
  • jolly,
  • somewhat,
  • fairly,
  • middling,
  • passably

Examples of using

I think a translator may venture to be somewhat flexible.
He's always somewhat tired and anxious, his eyes only shine a dim blue-gray light.
He was a good-looking but somewhat raffish young gentleman.