Anybody in different languages

Anybody in Different Languages

Discover 'Anybody' in 134 Languages: Dive into Translations, Hear Pronunciations, and Uncover Cultural Insights.

Updated on March 6, 2024

The word 'anybody' is a common English term used to refer to an unspecified person or people. It carries a sense of inclusivity, encompassing any individual who might be relevant to a given situation. This word has great cultural importance, as it reflects the value we place on the individual in Western societies. It's no surprise, then, that many languages have their own equivalent term.

Moreover, understanding the translation of 'anybody' in different languages can provide valuable insights into the cultures that use them. For instance, in Spanish, 'alguien' is the word of choice, while in French, 'quelqu'un' is used. These translations not only convey the same meaning as 'anybody', but also offer a glimpse into the unique linguistic and cultural traditions of the Spanish and French-speaking worlds.

With this in mind, let's explore some of the many translations of 'anybody' in languages from around the globe.


Anybody in Sub-Saharan African Languages

The Afrikaans word 'enigiemand' is a calque loan of 'anyone', which is derived from Old English 'ānīgmān'. Its literal meaning thus is 'one-who (is) like' or 'one-of-the-same-kind'
"ማንም" can also be translated to "no one" when used in a negative sense.
"Kowa" in Hausa can also mean "everyone" or "all."
Igboonye obula
"Onye obula" comes from "onye" (person) and "o bula" (can find), so it literally means "a person that can be found".
Malagasyna iza na iza
"Na iza na iza" may also mean "everyone" or "each other" depending on the context.
Nyanja (Chichewa)aliyense
The word "aliyense" can be used to express indifference or disregard for someone, as in "aliyense afuna kumva" (anybody can understand).
Shonachero munhu
The word "chero munhu" can also mean "every person" or "everyone" in the Shona language.
The word "qofna" in Somali can also mean "person" or "human being".
Sesothomang kapa mang
"Mang kapa mang" originates from the phrase "mangangapa mangangapa", which means "to grope or search blindly".
Swahilimtu yeyote
"Mtu yeyote" literally means "any person" in Swahili.
Xhosanabani na
"Nabani na?" is derived from the Nguni phrase "ubani na," meaning "who then?"
Eni-eni, 'eni' meaning 'person' and 'eni' meaning 'one', so 'a single person', 'individual' and so 'anybody'.
Zulunoma ngubani
The Zulu word "noma ngubani" can also mean "whoever" or "anyone"
Bambaramɔgɔ o mɔgɔ
Eweame sia ame
Kinyarwandaumuntu uwo ari we wese
Lingalamoto nyonso
Lugandaomuntu yenna
Sepedimang le mang
Twi (Akan)obiara

Anybody in North African & Middle Eastern Languages

Arabicاي شخص
In Arabic, the word "اي شخص" also refers to a "certain person" or an "anonymous individual".
The Hebrew word "מִישֶׁהוּ" is derived from the Aramaic "מַן שֵׁם הוּא" meaning "what is his/her name?"
Pashtoهر یو
The word "هر یو" means "anybody" in Pashto and is a combination of the words "هر" (any) and " یو" (person).
Arabicاي شخص
In Arabic, the word "اي شخص" also refers to a "certain person" or an "anonymous individual".

Anybody in Western European Languages

"Kushdo" is a contraction of the Albanian phrase "cil kush do," meaning "whoever it may be."
The word "edonor" also means "the whole of it, all of it".
The word "ningú" in Catalan, meaning "nobody," originates from the Latin "nec unus," meaning "not one."
Croatian "itko" (anybody) derives from "it" (that) and "tko" (who), similar to Latin "aliquis" (somebody).
The Danish word "nogen" can also be used to refer to "some" or "several".
The word "iemand" is a contraction of the archaic phrase "hiet yemand," meaning "they call someone."
The word "anybody" originally also meant "a person's body."
Frenchn'importe qui
The French phrase "n'importe qui" literally translates to "not import who".
The Frisian word "ien" is a variant of "ein" (one) and its plural form "ienen" means "some(body)".
Ninguén, in Galician, is cognate with the Latin "nemo" and the Spanish "nadie" and literally means "no one".
The word "irgendjemand" is composed of "irgend" (any) and "jemand" (someone), hence "anybody".
In old Icelandic, "einhver" only meant "someone", not "anyone". "Anybody" was "hverr". In modern Icelandic, "einhver" has taken on the meaning of "anyone" as well, while "hverr" has come to mean "each one".
The Irish word 'éinne' shares the same root as the Welsh word 'un', meaning 'one', and originally meant 'a certain person'.
The Italian word "qualcuno" literally translates to "some one"
The word "iergendeen" is cognate to German "irgendjemand" and Old English "ærgæn ða".
Maltesexi ħadd
"Xi Hadd" in Maltese, like in Arabic, can also refer to "someone" or "a certain someone."
The word "enhver" is a compound of "en" (one) and "hver" (every), and can also mean "each".
Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)qualquer pessoa
The word "qualquer pessoa" (literally "any person") is used in both Portuguese dialects to refer to a non-specific person, but only in Portugal it also means "everyone".
Scots Gaelicduine sam bith
The term "duine sam bith" literally translates to "person of all life".
The Spanish word "cualquiera" originally meant "any of the two" and is derived from the Latin phrase "qualis quera," meaning "of what kind (of the two)"
Swedishvem som helst
Vem som helst originated as a legal term referring to any person mentioned in a contract or document, regardless of their specific identity or presence.
Welshunrhyw un
The term 'unrhyw un' originally meant 'a person of no account' before becoming a word for 'anybody'.

Anybody in Eastern European Languages

The word "хто-небудзь" comes from the Proto-Slavic word "kto-negъdь", meaning "someone" or "whoever".
Bosnianbilo ko
In Croatian, "bilo ko" can also mean "the first person who" or "whoever."
The word "някой" can also mean "someone" or "a person".
The word "někdo" is derived from the Old Church Slavonic word "нѣкто" (někto), meaning "someone" or "no one".
The origin of the word 'keegi' is unknown and has no cognates in the Uralic language family or even the entire Finno-Ugrian languages
"Ketään" is a contraction of "kenenkään" (genitive of "kukaan", meaning 'no one') and "kään" (meaning 'either'), so it literally means 'not anyone' or 'no one either'.
The word "bárki" originally meant "whoever" and comes from the Ancient Turkic stem *bary- meaning "all".
The word “kāds” originally meant “certain” (a specific person); the current meaning developed in the 16th century.
Lithuaniankas nors
In the Samogitian dialect of Lithuanian, "kas nors" can also mean "someone you know."
The word "никого" in Macedonian originates from the Slavic root "ni", meaning "not", and "kogo", meaning "who", forming the negation "not anybody".
"Ktoś" is an indefinite pronoun in Polish that can be translated to "unknown person," "someone," or "anybody."
The word "cineva" is derived from the Latin phrase "si quis", meaning "if anyone" or "whether anyone".
The word "кто-нибудь" comes from two words: "кто" (who) and "нибудь" (someone), and it can also mean "someone" or "a person" in Russian.
Serbianбило ко
The Serbian word "било ко" is derived from the Proto-Slavic word "byti", meaning "to be".
"Ktokoľvek" can also mean "anonymous" or "no one" in Slovak.
Kdorkoli is a compound of 'kdor' (whoever) and 'koli' (any).
The Ukrainian noun “будь-хто” means “anyone or anybody,” literally means “be whoever,” with “будь” meaning “be” and “хто” meaning “who.”

Anybody in South Asian Languages

Bengaliযে কেউ
"যে কেউ" can also mean "any part, or direction".
The Gujarati word "કોઈપણ" (koipan) is derived from the Sanskrit word "kapi" meaning "monkey" and "anya" meaning "other", suggesting the idea of "any other person or thing".
In Sanskrit, "कोई" also refers to the "essence" or "principle" underlying something.
The word 'ಯಾರಾದರೂ' literally means 'whose body' in Kannada.
The word "कुणीही" in Marathi is derived from the Sanskrit word "कोऽपि", meaning "any one of the many".
Nepaliकोही पनि
The Nepali word कोही पनि ('anybody') can also mean 'anyone' or 'whoever'.
Punjabiਕੋਈ ਵੀ
The Punjabi word “koi vee” is derived from the Sanskrit word “kah-ve”, which means “what”. The Punjabi word can also mean “nobody”.
Sinhala (Sinhalese)ඕනෑම කෙනෙක්
In Tamil, 'யாராவது' can also mean 'some people' or 'a group of people'.
The word "ఎవరైనా" is a combination of the words "ఎవరు" (who) and "అయినా" (any), and can also be used to refer to a person's identity or a person's existence.
'کوئی' is derived from Sanskrit 'कश्चित्' (kaschit), which means 'one of many' or 'some'. It can also mean 'somehow' or 'in some way'.

Anybody in East Asian Languages

Chinese (Simplified)任何人
任何人 (Pinyin: rènhéren) literally means "any man" and does not include women
Chinese (Traditional)任何人
任何人 originates from the phrase '任何人等' (anyone etc.), suggesting it means 'anybody and everyone'.
The word "誰でも" comes from the ancient Japanese words for "person" (だれ) and "all" (でも).
아무도 is thought to have originated from the Middle Korean word 아무이, meaning “nothing or nothing else.”
Mongolianхэн ч байсан
The Mongolian word 'хэн ч байсан' is a phrase meaning 'anybody' in English and is often used with a negative connotation to indicate that the speaker believes the person referred to has little or no importance.
Myanmar (Burmese)ဘယ်သူမဆို

Anybody in South East Asian Languages

Indonesiansiapa saja
The term 'siapa saja' in Indonesian is derived from the word 'siapa', which means 'who', and the word 'saja', which has multiple meanings including 'only' or 'just'
Javanesesopo wae
The Javanese word "sopo wae" is also used to refer to someone whose name is unknown or has been forgotten.
"នរណាម្នាក់" has Sanskrit origins and is cognate with the Thai word "ใคร" (who). In archaic Khmer, the word also meant "the soul of a deceased person".
Malaysesiapa sahaja
The word "sesiapa sahaja" in Malay can also be used to refer to "everyone" or "any person".
The word "ใครก็ได้" (krai-kor-dai) is a compound of the words "ใคร" (krai, who) and "ก็ได้" (kor-dai, can).
Vietnamesebất kỳ ai
The Vietnamese word "bất kỳ ai" literally means "not any who," or "anyone who is not," which implies that the subject of the sentence is not specified or does not matter.
Filipino (Tagalog)kahit sino

Anybody in Central Asian Languages

Azerbaijanihər kəs
"Hər kəs" originates from Persian word "har kas", meaning "each person" or "each individual".
Kazakhкез келген
The word "кез келген" in Kazakh can also mean "everyone" or "whomever."
Kyrgyzэч ким
"Эч ким" means "nobody" in Kyrgyz.
The word "касе" can also mean "person" or "individual" in Tajik.
Turkmenher kim
Uzbekhech kim
In colloquial speech, "hech kim" can also be used to refer to a specific person whose name the speaker doesn't know or doesn't want to reveal.
Uyghurھەر قانداق ئادەم

Anybody in Pacific Languages

The word "kekahi" can also refer to "sometimes" or "once" in Hawaiian.
Maoritangata katoa
"Tangata katoa" literally translates to "all people" and can also refer to humanity as a whole.
Samoansoʻo seisi
Soʻo seisi, the Samoan word for "anybody," can also refer to a particular or specific person or thing.
Tagalog (Filipino)kahit sino
The Tagalog word "kahit sino" is derived from the root word "sino," meaning "who," and the affix "ka-" or "kahit-" which in this context conveys an idea of indefiniteness, uncertainty, or any person.

Anybody in American Indigenous Languages


Anybody in International Languages

Esperantoiu ajn
Esperanto iu ajn derives from the phrase "any one," an old English idiom meaning "anybody."
Aliorum also means "of others" and is the plural form of "alter," meaning "the other."

Anybody in Others Languages

The word "οποιοσδήποτε" is derived from the Greek words "οποιος" ( οποιοσ = "of any kind") and "δηποτε" ( δηποτε = "at any time"), and can also mean "of any kind" or "at any time", in addition to "anybody".
Hmongtus twg los tus
The term "tus twg los tus" in Hmong can refer to "all of you" or "anybody," depending on the context.
Kurdishherçi kes
The Kurdish word "herçi kes" likely derives from the Persian "har kas", meaning "each person" or "everybody".
The word "kimse" is derived from the Persian words "kim" (who) and "kes" (person), and it can also mean "nobody" in Turkish.
Xhosanabani na
"Nabani na?" is derived from the Nguni phrase "ubani na," meaning "who then?"
Yiddishאַבי ווער
The word "אַבי ווער" is thought to have come from a German phrase meaning "anyone who".
Zulunoma ngubani
The Zulu word "noma ngubani" can also mean "whoever" or "anyone"
Assameseযিকোনো ব্যক্তি
Bhojpuriकेहू के भी
Dhivehiކޮންމެ މީހަކުވެސް
Dogriकोई भी
Filipino (Tagalog)kahit sino
Kurdish (Sorani)هەرکەسێک
Meiteilon (Manipuri)ꯀꯅꯥꯒꯨꯝꯕꯥ ꯑꯃꯠꯇꯗꯥ꯫
Mizotu pawh
Oromonama kamiyyuu
Odia (Oriya)ଯେକେହି
Tatarтеләсә кем
Tigrinyaዝኾነ ሰብ
Tsongaun’wana na un’wana

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