Definitions for wholehoʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. comprising the full quantity or amount; entire or total:

    He ate the whole pie.

  2. complete:

    a whole set of china.

  3. undivided; in one piece:

    to swallow a thing whole.

  4. not fractional; integral.

    Category: Math

  5. not broken, damaged, or impaired; intact:

    The vase arrived whole.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. uninjured or unharmed; sound.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. pertaining to all aspects of human nature:

    education for the whole person.

  8. (n.)the entire quantity, extent, or number:

    to accept some of the teachings but reject the whole.

  9. a thing complete in itself or comprising all its parts or elements.

  10. an assemblage of parts associated together as one thing; a unitary system.

Idioms for whole:

  1. as a whole, as a unit; considered together.

    Category: Idiom

  2. on or upon the whole, in all of the most significant ways; in general.

    Category: Idiom

  3. out of whole cloth, without foundation in fact; fictitious.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of whole:

bef. 900; ME hole, hool (adj. and n.), OE hāl (adj.) whole, sound, c. OFris, OS hēl, OHG heil, ON heill, Go hails; cf. hale1, heal ; sp. with w reflects dial. form


Princeton's WordNet

  1. whole(noun)

    all of something including all its component elements or parts

    "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"

  2. whole, unit(adj)

    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

    "how big is that part compared to the whole?"; "the team is a unit"

  3. whole(adj)

    including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete

    "gave his whole attention"; "a whole wardrobe for the tropics"; "the whole hog"; "a whole week"; "the baby cried the whole trip home"; "a whole loaf of bread"

  4. whole(adj)

    (of siblings) having the same parents

    "whole brothers and sisters"

  5. unharmed, unhurt, unscathed, whole(adj)

    not injured

  6. hale, whole(adj)

    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

    "hale and hearty"; "whole in mind and body"; "a whole person again"

  7. solid, unanimous, whole(adverb)

    acting together as a single undiversified whole

    "a solid voting bloc"

  8. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, whole(adverb)

    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

    "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. whole(adjective)ʊl

    all of

    It takes a whole day to get here.; He ate the whole cake.; I've worked hard my whole life.

  2. wholeʊl

    in one piece, or containing all its parts; = complete

    They'll only buy the set if it's still whole.

  3. whole(noun)ʊl

    an entire thing

    Five fifths make a whole.; the history of Africa as a whole

  4. wholeʊl

    in general

    On the whole the play was liked by critics.

  5. wholeʊl

    all of

    She slept through the whole of the movie.

  6. whole(adverb)ʊl

    as one piece

    The snake swallows its prey whole.

  7. wholeʊl

    emphasizes a description; = completely

    He becomes a whole different person when he's at work.


  1. whole(Noun)

    Something complete, without any parts missing.

  2. whole(Noun)

    An entirety.

  3. whole(Adverb)

    in entirety; entirely; wholly

    I ate a fish whole!

  4. whole(Adjective)


    I ate a whole fish.

  5. whole(Adjective)

    sound, uninjured, healthy.

    He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.

  6. Origin: From hool, from hal, from hailaz (compare Low German heel/heil, Dutch heel, German heil, Danish hel), from kóhₐilus, coel 'omen', Breton kel 'omen, mention', Old Prussian kails 'healthy', Albanian gjallë 'alive, unhurt', Old Church Slavonic cĕlŭ 'healthy, unhurt', Ancient Greek koîlu 'good'). Related to hale, health, and heal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whole(adj)

    containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation

  2. Whole(adj)

    complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole

  3. Whole(adj)

    possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well

  4. Whole(noun)

    the entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself

  5. Whole(noun)

    a regular combination of parts; a system


  1. Whole EP

    Whole EP is the first EP by Pedro the Lion. It was released on 8 April 1997 on Tooth & Nail.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #447

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Written Corpus Frequency: #377

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Nouns Frequency: #500

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whole' in Adjectives Frequency: #47

Translations for whole

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


including everything and/or everyone; complete

The whole staff collected the money for your present; a whole pineapple.

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