What's the difference between 'someway' and 'somehow'?

When I translate to my language (portuguese) on google translator, they translate the same. And on google I found only music lyrics.

  • "someway" isn't a word; "somehow" is.
    – phoog
    Jul 7 '15 at 20:42
  • @phoog It appears in some dictionaries and here. and here.
    – Catija
    Jul 7 '15 at 20:50
  • @Catija so it does. I have learned something new today. I can't think of a sentence in which it would seem acceptable, however.
    – phoog
    Jul 7 '15 at 20:51
  • 1)Somehow, someway, I have to find a way out and up into the sunlight again. 2) But why pull the race card and act like somehow, someway this is a story about race. 3) we’ve got to make money someway oxforddictionaries.com/it/definizione/inglese/someway
    – user66974
    Jul 7 '15 at 20:53
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    Someway: (often someways) informal , chiefly North American Somehow vs someway*: books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – user66974
    Jul 7 '15 at 20:57

I'm British. Today is the first time I have seen the word someway.

If you use Google Books Ngram Viewer, you will see that it does occur but its frequency is negligible in comparison to somehow.

The meaning appears to be the same.


Somehow is short for "in some way not yet known." Someway, despite lacking formal recognition is just another way of saying the same thing. Perhaps it is even a bit clearer, eliminating the need to parse "how" as "way".

It is definitely a less established, informal word.

For Reference:

Etymonline - Somehow

somehow (adv.) 1660s, "in some way not yet known," from some + how. First attested in phrase somehow or other.


Somehow is about the process itself; "in some way" (which, I suppose, is the same as "someway" - though I find that to be a fringe usage) is about the results of the process. For example, "Somehow we have to get him to change his behavior" versus "We have to get him to change his behavior in some way". The former says the method to use is unclear, while the latter says the resulting change is unclear.

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