Anythings



any thing whatever; something, no matter what:
Do you have anything for a toothache?
a thing of any kind.
in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all:
Does it taste anything like chocolate?
anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least:
The plans were anything but definite.
anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated:
That resort is a place where anything goes!
Historical Examples

No two, trees, no two leaves, no two anythings that are alike?
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12) Robert G. Ingersoll

If anythings worrying Mabel, Ive got a right to know what it is.
Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick

Chauncey hates to acknowledge that anythings wrong he starts, and blazes ahead no matter what happens.
Betty Lee, Freshman David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

No two trees, no two leaves, no two anythings that are alike?
Individuality Robert G. Ingersoll

Oh, said Kate, anythings plebeianif youve a mind to call it sothat keeps people moping and ailing.
Wheat and Huckleberries Charlotte Marion (White) Vaile

He had asks if there was anythings she was having needs of that he could bring back.
The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley

We might even say that both of these plays were foisted upon us in a spirit of Oh, anythings good enough for New York!
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905 Various

pronoun
any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen
noun
a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?
adverb
in any way: he wasn’t anything like his father
anything but, by no means; not in the least: she was anything but happy
like anything, (intensifier; usually euphemistic): he ran like anything
n.

late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant “somehow, anyhow” (glossing Latin quoquo modo).

anything but
anything goes
anything like

also see:

can’t do anything with
if anything
like anything
not anything like

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