An example of whole is a whole pie, a pie without any pieces cut from it.
An example of whole is a being gone a whole year, being away from home for an entire year.
The value of the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
A whole sister.
A whole new idea.
A whole yolk.
A whole set, whole blood.
A whole cheese.
The whole night.
A whole brother.
The whole man.
28 is a whole number.
A whole new ballgame.
The whole of the estate.
Whole wheat; whole milk.
- All parts or aspects considered; altogether:.Disliked the acting but enjoyed the play as a whole.
- Considering everything:.On the whole, a happy marriage.
- In most instances or cases; as a rule:.Can expect sunny weather, on the whole.
- As a complete unit; altogether.
- Very many.They ate a whole lot of hamburgers.
- Entirely imagined or fabricated; with no basis in fact.
- All things considered; in general.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of whole
- Middle English hole unharmed from Old English hāl kailo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English hool (“healthy, unhurt, whole"), from Old English hÄl (“healthy, safe"), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“whole, safe, sound") (compare West Frisian hiel, Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from Proto-Indo-European *kÃ³hâ‚‚ilus (“healthy, whole") (compare Welsh coel (“omen"), Breton kel (“omen, mention"), Old Prussian kails (“healthy"), Albanian gjallÃ« (“alive, unhurt"), Old Church Slavonic Ñ†Ñ£Ð»ÑŠ (cÄ›lÅ, “healthy, unhurt"). Related to hale, health, hail, and heal.
- The spelling with wh-, introduced in the 15th century, was for disambiguation with hole.