English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What is the difference between Nobody and No body?

Both have same meaning.

Nobody is used as a pronoun. For example,

Nobody is going there.

Nobody as a noun. For example,

He became Nobody to a superstar.

Nobody:single word(singular H.v)

No body:two words(plural H.v)

Is all this information right?

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Mitch, Drew, Rathony, JEL, sumelic Jan 20 at 17:33

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I don't know why any body would use "no body" (two words) today. They're the same word; the spelling switched from "no body" to "nobody" during the 18th century. – Peter Shor Jan 19 at 15:59
Nobody would use 'any body' — it's one word, 'anybody'. Perhaps, you've (Mustafa) confused 'nobody' with 'no one', haven't you? – Artyom Lugovoy Jan 19 at 16:10
"No body" is a very good reason that somebody might not be charged with murder. – Steven Littman Jan 19 at 18:13
As a side note, "He became Nobody to a superstar." is not a correct English sentence. We would say something like: "He was a nobody and became a superstar." – Luke Jan 19 at 20:18
Call me old fashioned but this is why I prefer to use no-one, anyone and someone in preference to nobody, anybody & somebody. – Fred Jan 19 at 23:42

They do not have the same meaning in modern English.

There is nobody in this picture:


where "nobody" is a pronoun meaning "no person" (definition 1 at dictionary.reference.com).

Whereas there is no body in this picture:

no body

where "no body" means "not a body".

In this picture there are a couple of nobodies:

enter image description here

where "nobody" means "a person of no importance" (definition 2 at dictionary.reference.com).

share|improve this answer
I would say that 'no body' means the absence of someone's body, whereas 'nobody' means that there is no person. – Artyom Lugovoy Jan 19 at 18:18
See also this classic scene from Young Frankenstein – Chris K Jan 19 at 20:28
There's also a joke based on this in Clue. "There's no body. Nobody. There's-there's nobody in the study." – Todd Wilcox Jan 19 at 22:20
My name is no body, am I in this picture? – user13267 Jan 20 at 11:55
@user13267 - Nope, your name is "user13267". – AndyT Jan 20 at 12:01

Nobody (n.) an a single term meaning "no one" dates back to the 17th century. No body are two distinct terms with just their literal meaning:

  • mid-14c., no body "no person noone," from Middle English no (adj.) "not any" + bodi (see body (n.)). Written as two words 14c.-18c.; hyphenated 17c.-18c. Meaning "person of no importance" is from 1580s.


Ngram: nobody, no-body, no body.

share|improve this answer
I apply it to get results..thanks – mustafa butt Jan 19 at 17:08

Nobody - No person; no one. Not anybody of importance, authority, or social position. A person of no importance, authority, or social position (OED).

No body - the absence of a body (i.e. exactly what it says!).

A verse in Randy Newman's excellent song, Short People (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX6I2NrguAs), plays with the two meanings of nobody/no body:

"Short People got nobody ...to love."

  1. If you are short you will not attract anyone to love you ('short people got nobody to love');

  2. If you are short you have less of a body (literally, the size of your body) to love (someone with) ('short people got no body to love')

share|improve this answer

The history of the phrase/word has gone from no body to no-body to nobody, increasing in frequency towards the latter. They mean the same thing in their use both as pronoun and noun, for example "He would talk to no body, not even his father" is acceptable in the oldest style as a noun.

The pluralisation thereof is the same irrespective of style, but can differ dependent on the text. I think the "becoming nobody" phrasing is contracted from "becoming a nobody", i.e. becoming one of the (plural) nobody group.

share|improve this answer

I'm going to explain it with some simple examples:

Amabo created a health care that nobody uses

Nobody means: no one, none, not a soul, not a person

Amabo said that he killed Tim Osman, despite what he said, no body was found

No body is this case means no corpse, or cadaver

No body has the same meaning as others of its kind like no salt, no hope.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.