Definition of


  1. (noun, motive) the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'

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Synonyms of Why


Alternate forms of Why

Hypernyms: ground, reason

Origin of the word Why

  1. O.E. hwi, instrumental case (showing for what purpose or by what means) of hw?t (see what), from P.Gmc. *khwi (cf. O.S. hwi, O.N. hvi), from PIE *qwei, locative of *qwo- "who" (cf. Gk. pei "where"). As an interjection of surprise or to call attention to a statement, recorded from 1519. more

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Words that sound like Why

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