• enPR hwī, IPA: /ʍaɪ/, /waɪ/


why (not comparable)

  1. For what cause, reason, or purpose (interrogative adverb).
    1. Introducing a complete question.
      Why is the sky blue?
      Why did you do that?
      I don’t know why he did that
      Tell me why the moon changes phase.
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        Why do you have a map of the world?
    2. Introducing a verb phrase (bare infinitive clause).
      Why spend money on something you already get for free?
      Why not tell him how you feel?
    3. Introducing a noun or other phrase.
      Why him? Why not someone taller?
  2. For which cause, reason, or purpose (relative adverb).
    That's the reason why I did that.
Synonyms Translations

why (plural whys)

  1. reason
    A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.
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  1. An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience.
    • Why, child, I tell thee if I was thy mother I would not disown thee; don't you see I am as kind to you as if I was your mother?”
      Why, thank you!

why (plural whies)

  1. (UK, dialect) A young heifer.

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