- 1used in questions to ask for particular information about someone or something What is your name? What (= what job) does he do? What time is it? What kind of music do you like? compare which
- 2the thing or things that; whatever What you need is a good meal. Nobody knows what will happen next. I spent what little time I had with my family.
- 3used to say that you think that something is especially good, bad, etc. What awful weather! What a beautiful house! Idioms
- 1used to emphasize your opinion Is he stupid or what?
- 2used when you are not sure about something I don't know if he's a teacher or what. Are we going now or what?
- 1used when you have not heard or have not understood something What? I can't hear you.
- 2 used to show that you have heard someone and to ask what they want “Mommy!” “What?” “I'm thirsty.”
- 3used to express surprise or anger “It will cost $500.” “What?” “I asked her to marry me.” “You what?”
- 1used to make a suggestion What about a trip to Mexico?
- 2used to introduce someone or something into the conversation What about you, Joe? Do you like football?
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NAmE//wʌt//, NAmE//wɑt//, NAmE//wət//
and other things of the same type It's full of old toys, books, and what not.
and what not, and what have you (informal)jump to other results
to be punished/punish someone severely I'll give her what for if she does that again.
get/give somebody what for (informal)jump to other results
or what (informal)jump to other results
what? (informal)jump to other results
what about…? (informal)jump to other results
used instead of a name that you cannot remember I spoke to what's-his-name, you know, Sue's math teacher.
what-d'you-call-him/-her/-it/-them, what's-his/-her/-its/-their-namejump to other results
for what purpose or reason? What is this tool for? What did you do that for (= why did you do that)? “I need to see a doctor.” “What for?”
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what would happen if? What if the train is late? What if she forgets to bring it?
what if…?jump to other results
used when admitting that something is true, to ask why it should be considered important Yes, I wrote the article. What of it?
what of it? (informal)jump to other results
used as a slightly rude reply to a question about something you think is private “What's in the package?” “What's it to you?”
what's it to you? (informal)jump to other results
used to suggest that something you have heard is a stupid idea or does not make sense They benched their best player. What's up with that?
what's up with that?jump to other results
what things are useful, important, etc. She certainly knows what's what.
what's what (informal)jump to other results
used to ask why someone is behaving in a strange way What's with you? You haven't said a word all morning.
what's with somebody? (informal)jump to other results
used to ask the reason for something What's with all this walking? Can't we take a cab?
what's with something? (informal)jump to other results
used to list the various reasons for something What with the cold weather and my bad leg, I haven't been out for weeks.
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