What does WHY mean?

Definitions for WHYʰwaɪ, waɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. why, wherefore(noun)

    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'


  1. why(Noun)

    The reason.

    A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.

  2. why(Adverb)

    For what cause, reason, or purpose.

    Why did you do that?

  3. why(Conjunction)

    The reason that.

    I donu2019t know why he did that.

  4. why(Interjection)

    Exclamation of mild surprise.

    Why, I think it would work fine!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Why(adverb)

    for what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1

  2. Why(adverb)

    for which; on account of which; -- used relatively

  3. Why(adverb)

    the reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; -- used as a compound relative

  4. Why(noun)

    a young heifer

  5. Origin: [OE. whi, why, AS. hw, hw, instrumental case of hw, hwt; akin to Icel. hv why, Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]


  1. Why

    "Why" is the first solo single by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox, released in 1992. It was taken from her debut solo album Diva and reached no.5 in the United Kingdom and number thirty-four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single also reached no.6 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The music video won Lennox an award for Best Female Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Why

    hwī, adv. and conj. for what cause or reason? on which account: wherefore.—interj. used us an expletive or exclamation.—n. Why′-not (obs.), a dilemma.—Why, so (Shak.), an expression of unwilling consent.—The cause why, The reason why, the reason why a thing is, or is to be done; The why and wherefore, the whole reason. [A.S. hwí, hwý, instrumental case of hwá, who.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #193

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #134

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WHY' in Adverbs Frequency: #29


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHY in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WHY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    You see things as they are and ask, 'Why' I dream things as they never were and ask, 'Why not'

  2. Jeff Donohue:

    Why is Ford Motor Company here? Why is UPS here? Why is Georgetown Toyota here in the state of Kentucky? Why is the Corvette plant here? They're here because of the productivity about the location, and we can get the job done.

  3. Alfred A. Montapert:

    Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world.

  4. Jorje Leap:

    It's not to say that the gruesome crimes have not occurred, I just question why they're being highlighted now, it's troubling. Gang crime is always on people's minds, brutal crimes are always on people's minds, why here, why now, and why attribute it to immigration?

  5. Maleah Kiara Brown:

    He looked nothing like the description I gave the officers, he asked the officer why he was at the house. He did it nicely. The police officer said he wanted him to step outside. Then he asked, 'Why, why do you want me to step outside?' Then the officer barged inside and grabbed him.

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