Whether Definition

wĕthər, hwĕth-
If it be the case or fact that.
Ask whether she will help.
Webster's New World
Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative.
We should find out whether the museum is open.
American Heritage
In case; in either case that.
Webster's New World
Used to introduce alternative possibilities.
Whether she wins or whether she loses, this is her last tournament.
American Heritage
Taxation to support the war, whether just or unjust.
Webster's New World
American Heritage
Which (esp. of two)
Webster's New World
Bible, Matthew xxi. 31
Whether of them twain did the will of his father?

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Whether

  • whether or no
  • whether or no

Origin of Whether

  • Old English hwæþer, from Proto-Germanic *hwaþeraz, comparative form of *hwaz (“who"). Cognate with German weder (“neither"), Swedish hvar, Icelandic hvorr (“each").

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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