- Whatever is defined as an expression of indifference or scorn.
An example of whatever is how a teenager would respond to a teacher asking them to stop texting in class, "Whatever. I will stop."
- Whatever means no matter what, anything that or the amount that.
An example of whatever is someone directing another to take anything they want from a party.
- what? which thing, event, circumstance, etc.?: an emphatic interrogative, expressing perplexity or wonder: whatever can she mean by that?
- anything that: tell her whatever you like
- no matter what: whatever you may think, he's innocent
- the amount, portion, or part that: take whatever you need from our supply
- Informal anything else of the sort: usually preceded by or: use a pencil, a pen, (or) whatever
- of no matter what type, degree, quality, etc.: to make whatever repairs are needed
- being who it may be: whatever man told you that, it is not true
- of any kind: used following the word that it modifies: I have no plans whatever
- Everything or anything that: Do whatever you please.
- What amount that; the whole of what: Whatever is left over is yours.
- No matter what: Whatever happens, we'll meet here tonight.
- Which thing or things; what: Whatever does he mean?
- Informal What remains and need not be mentioned; what have you: Please bring something to the party—pretzels, crackers, whatever.
- Of any number or kind; any: Whatever requests you make will be granted.
- All of; the whole of: She applied whatever strength she had left to the task.
- Of any kind at all: No campers whatever may use the lake before noon.
Usage Note: Both whatever and what ever may be used in sentences such as Whatever (or What ever) made her say that? Critics have occasionally objected to the one-word form, but many respected writers have used it. The same is true of the forms whoever, whenever, wherever, and however. In adjectival uses, however, only the one-word form is used: Take whatever (not what ever) books you need. • When a clause beginning with whatever is the subject of a sentence, no comma should be used: Whatever you do is right. In most other cases, a comma is needed: Whatever you do, don't burn the toast. • When a noun followed by a restrictive clause is preceded by whichever or whatever, it is regarded as incorrect to introduce the clause with that in formal writing: whatever book that you want to look at; one should write instead Whatever book you want to look at will be sent to your office or Whichever book costs less (not that costs less) is fine with us. See Usage Note at however. See Usage Note at that.
(comparative more whatever, superlative most whatever)
- No matter which; for any
- Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.
- (relative) Anything that.
- Whatever you say is fine with me.
- (colloquial, dismissive) A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.
- Parent: For the last time, clean up your room!
- Child: Whatever.
- Tone of voice is particularly important here in playing up or playing down the dismissive quality of the word.
- Anything; used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.
- I'll do whatever I can.
- Do you want Chinese or Mexican for lunch today? "” Whatever.