Associations to the word «Why»


WHY, adverb. For what cause, reason, or purpose.
WHY, adverb. Introducing a complete question.
WHY, adverb. Introducing a verb phrase (bare infinitive clause).
WHY, adverb. Introducing a noun or other phrase.
WHY, noun. Reason
WHY, interjection. An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience. "Well, I'll tell you...".
WHY, noun. (UK) (dialect) A young heifer.
WHY AND WHEREFORE, noun. A full and complete explanation. Technically redundant, since "why" and "wherefore" are synonyms, but used to add emphasis. Also whys and wherefores.
WHY AYE, interjection. Alternative form of wye aye
WHY IN GOD'S NAME, interjection. (idiomatic) used to add emphasis to "why" when beginning question.
WHY NOT, adverb. Why is that not true?
WHY NOT, adverb. Used to state that one has no objection to and approves of a proposal.
WHY NOT, adverb. Used to introduce a proposal.
WHY ON EARTH, interjection. (idiomatic) used to add emphasis to "why" when beginning a question.

Dictionary definition

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

Wise words

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
Ernest Hemingway