Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.
Characterized by a specified quality, condition, or action: bothersome.
A group of a specified number of members: threesome.
[Middle English -sum, from Old English sum, some; see some.]
1. Body: centrosome.
2. Chromosome: monosome.
suffix forming adjectives
characterized by; tending to: awesome; tiresome.
[Old English -sum; related to Gothic -sama, German -sam]
suffix forming nouns
indicating a group of a specified number of members: threesome.
[Old English sum, special use of some (determiner)]
n combining form
a body: chromosome.
[from Greek sōma body]
some(sʌm; unstressed səm)
1. being an undetermined or unspecified one: Some person may object.
2. certain (used with plural nouns): Some days I stay home.
3. unspecified in number, amount, degree, etc.: to some extent.
4. unspecified but considerable in number, amount, degree, etc.: We talked for some time.
5. Informal. remarkable of its type: That was some storm.pron.
6. certain persons, individuals, instances, etc., not specified: Some think he is dead.
7. an unspecified number, amount, etc., as distinguished from the rest or in addition: He paid a thousand dollars and then some.adv.
8. approximately; about: Some 300 were present.
9. to some degree or extent: I like baseball some.
[before 900; Middle English (adj. and pronoun); Old English sum orig., someone, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums]
an adjective-forming suffix, now unproductive, with the meanings “like,” “tending to”: burdensome; quarrelsome.
[Middle English; Old English -sum, c. Old Frisian -sum; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German -sam, Old Norse -samr, Gothic -sams]
a collective suffix used with numerals: threesome.
[Middle English -sum, Old English sum some (pronoun)]
a combining form used in the names of structures or regions of a cell (chromosome; ribosome), chromosomes (autosome), or organisms having the form specified by the initial element (schistosome; trypanosome).
[< Greek sôma body; see soma1]