be something of a - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    used for emphasizing that someone is fairly good at something or has a fairly good knowledge of something

    My grandmother was something of a poet.

    Jill considers herself to be something of an environmentalist.

  2. 2
    used for showing that you are not being very definite in the way that you are describing someone or something

    Woods’s performance in the tournament was something of a disappointment.

See also main entry: something