whole
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /həʊl/, [həʊɫ], [hɒʊɫ]
  • (America) IPA: /hoʊl/, [hoʊɫ]

Adjective

whole (comparative wholer, superlative wholest)

  1. Entire, undivided.
    I ate a whole fish.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond ↗
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant […]
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. […] He walked the whole way, walking through crowds, and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
    1. Used as an intensifier.
      I brought a whole lot of balloons for the party.   She ate a whole bunch of french fries.
      • 2016, Rae Carson, Like a River Glorious, HarperCollins (ISBN 9780062242969):
        There, a huge blue heron stands sentry like a statue, eye on the surface, waiting for his next meal to wriggle by. A lone grassy hill overlooks it all, well above the flood line, big enough to pitch a whole mess of tents [on].
      • 2011, Keith Maillard, Looking Good: Difficulty at the Beginning, Brindle and Glass (ISBN 9781897142783):
        I'm thinking, thanks a whole fuck of a lot, Robert. You could have laid that on me weeks ago.
  2. Sound, uninjured, healthy.
    He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.
    • 1939, Alfred Edward Housman, Additional Poems, X, lines 5-6
      Here, with one balm for many fevers found, / Whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound.
  3. (of food) From which none of its constituents has been removed.
    whole wheat; whole milk
  4. (mining) As yet unworked.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • ground (as in ground seed) (1)
Translations Translations
Adverb

whole

  1. (colloquial) In entirety; entirely; wholly.
    I ate a fish whole!
Synonyms Translations
  • German: ganz
  • Portuguese: inteiro
  • Russian: целико́м

Noun

whole (plural wholes)

  1. Something complete, without any parts missing.
    This variety of fascinating details didn't fall together into an enjoyable, coherent whole.
  2. An entirety.
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