whatever[hwut ev′ər, wut-]
- 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.
(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.