Definitions for whetherˈʰwɛð ər, ˈwɛð-

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  1. whether(Pronoun)

    Which of two.

  2. whether(Conjunction)


    He chose the correct answer, but whether by luck or by skill I don't know.

  3. whether(Conjunction)

    ; if, whether or not.

    Do you know whether he's coming?

  4. Origin: hwæþer, from hwaþeraz, comparative form of hwaz. Cognate with German weder, Swedish hvar, Icelandic hvorr.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whether

    which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively and relatively

  2. Whether

    in case; if; -- used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first

  3. Origin: [OE. whether, AS. hwer; akin to OS. hwear, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder, conj., neither, Icel. hvrr whether, Goth. hwaar, Lith. katras, L. uter, Gr. , , Skr. katara, from the interrogatively pronoun, in AS. hw who. . See Who, and cf. Either, Neither, Or, conj.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whether' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #277

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whether' in Written Corpus Frequency: #265

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jim Bob:

    We are fine whether they film us or not.

  2. Latin Proverb:

    God will be present, whether asked or not.

  3. Mike Huckabee:

    Huh, did he say whether he liked it though?

  4. Helen Titus:

    We just wondered whether to come out or not.

  5. Rick Meckler:

    Whether it can hold, that's been the problem.

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