What definition

wŏt, wŭt, hwŏt, hwŭt; wət, hwət when unstressed
Anything that.

Do what you will.

pronoun
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That or who.

The man what gave it to me.

pronoun
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Which or which kind of.

What man told you that? he knows what role she played.

adjective
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Whatever.

They soon repaired what damage had been done.

adjective
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The exact person or thing that.

He's not what he was five years ago.

pronoun
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In what respect? to what degree? how?

What does it matter?

adverb
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Such an explanation or repetition.

“Sh. Quiet!” “What?”

pronoun
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How greatly, surprisingly, etc.

What tragic news!

adverb
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Which one or ones of several or many.

What college are you attending? You should know what musical that song is from.

adjective
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The value, importance, or effect of something.

What is life without music?

pronoun
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That which or those which.

To know what one wants.

pronoun
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As much, or as many, as.

Take what time (or men) you need.

adjective
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The definition of what is which one or as many as.

An example of what used as an adjective is in the sentence, "What shirt do you want?"

An example of what used as an adjective is in the sentence, "Take what clothes you need."

adjective
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That which; the thing that.

Listen to what I tell you.

pronoun
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Whatever thing that.

Come what may.

pronoun
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(relative) That which; those that; the thing that.

He knows what he wants; what is tossed upward falls back down.

pronoun
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In some manner or degree; in part; partly; usually followed by with.

What with singing and joking, the time passed quickly.

adverb
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How great; how astonishing.

What a fool!

adjective
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(chiefly brit., informal) Used to end a sentence with a general or rhetorical interrogative force.

It's rather late, what?

pronoun
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Used to introduce a parenthetical element in a sentence.

She has, what is rare, true tolerance.

pronoun
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What is defined as the amount, nature, purpose or quality of something.

An example of what used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "What is the cost of that shirt?" which means "How much does that shirt cost?"

pronoun
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What means how.

An example of what used as an adverb is in the sentence, "What does it mean?"

adverb
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What is defined as surprise or confusion.

An example of what used as an interjection is "What! You aren't going with me?"

interjection
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What means the basic nature of something.

An example of what used as a noun is in the sentence, "We need to figure out the what of the project," which means that we need to figure out the core parts of the project.

noun
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(informal) Something.

I'll tell you what.

pronoun
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(nonstandard) Which, who, or that.

It's the poor what gets the blame.

pronoun
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Which thing or which particular one of many.

What are you having for dinner? What did she say?

pronoun
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Which kind, character, or designation.

What are these objects?

pronoun
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One of how much value or significance.

What are possessions to a dying man?

pronoun
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An explanation or repetition of something previously said.

You told them what?

pronoun
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(interrogative) Which thing, event, circumstance, etc.: used interrogatively in asking for the specification of an identity, quantity, quality, etc.
pronoun
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(UK, colloquial) An interrogative which asks "Don't you agree?"

It's rather late, what?

pronoun
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(relative, nonstandard) That; which.
pronoun
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Such; this is; that is.

What a pity.

What a beautiful day!

adverb
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John Milton.

But what do I stand reckoning upon advantages and gains lost by the misrule and turbulency of the prelates?

adverb
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(now rare) Used to introduce each of two coordinate phrases or concepts; both...and.
adverb
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An expression of surprise or disbelief.

What! That's amazing.

interjection
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(UK, colloquial, dated) Is that not true?

It's a nice day, what? (sometimes repeated, e.g.: What-what?)

interjection
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Which; which kind of.

What shirt are you going to wear?

What time is it?

What kind of car is that?

determiner
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How much; how great (used in an exclamation).

What talent he has!

What a talent!

determiner
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(obsolete) Something; thing; stuff.
noun
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That.

I don't know but what I'll go.

conjunction
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Used to express surprise, incredulity, or other strong and sudden excitement.
interjection
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(chiefly british) Used as a tag question, often to solicit agreement.
interjection
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The nature, class, name, purpose, etc. of a thing.

What is that object? what is your address?

pronoun
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A quantity, sum, etc.

What will it cost?

pronoun
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The true or basic quality of something.

To uncover the what and why of their relationship.

noun
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How great, surprising, magnificent, disappointing, etc.

What a man! what nonsense!

adjective
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Used elliptically to mean “what it is,” “what to do,” etc.

I'll tell you what!

pronoun
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How much; in what respect; how.

What does it matter?

adverb
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(obs.) Why?
adverb
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(brit., dial.) So far as; as much as.

We warned them what we could.

conjunction
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Used to express surprise, anger, confusion, etc.

What! no dinner?

interjection
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or what
  • Used as an intensive at the end of a question:
    Is he crazy, or what? Are you a genius, or what?.
idiom
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what for
  • A scolding or strong reprimand:
    The teacher gave the tardy student what for.
  • For what reason; why:
    Give the present back.—What for?.
idiom
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what have you
  • What remains and need not be mentioned:
    A room full of chairs, lamps, radios, and what have you.
idiom
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what if
  • What would occur if; suppose that:
    What if we were rich?.
  • What does it matter if:
    What if he gets angry?—I don't care.
idiom
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what it takes
  • The necessary expertise or qualities needed for success:
    She has what it takes to be a doctor.
idiom
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(informal) what's what
  • The fundamentals and details of a situation or process; the true state or condition.
idiom
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what with
  • Taking into consideration; because of:
    It's strange we can't find a cab, what with so many hotels nearby.
idiom
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and what not
  • and other things of all sorts
idiom
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what about
  • what is your wish, opinion, or information concerning
    what about going to a movie?.
idiom
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what for
  • for what purpose? why?
  • punishment; esp., a whipping
    He gave his son what for!.
idiom
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what have you
  • anything else of a similar sort
    Selling games, toys, or what have you.
idiom
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what if
  • what would happen if
  • what difference would it make if
idiom
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what it takes
  • whatever is necessary for success or popularity, as wealth, beauty, or intelligence
idiom
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what's what
  • the true state of affairs
idiom
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what the hell (or heck, devil, etc.)
  • an exclamatory remark of surprise, resignation, etc.
idiom
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what though
  • what difference does it make that
idiom
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what with
  • because of
    what with the snow and ice, we'll be late.
  • in view of; taking into account
    what with the usual rush-hour traffic, I suspect you'll be late.
idiom
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
what
Plural:
whats

Origin of what

  • Middle English from Old English hwæt kwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English what, from Old English hwæt (“what"), from Proto-Germanic *hwat (“what"), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód (“what"), neuter form of *kʷós (“who"). Cognate with Scots what (“what"), North Frisian wat (“what"), Saterland Frisian wat (“what"), West Frisian wat (“what"), Dutch wat (“what"), Low German wat (“what"), German was (“what"), Danish hvad (“what"), Swedish vad (“what"), Icelandic hvað (“what"), Latin quod (“what, which").

    From Wiktionary