what


what
/wɒt / (say wot)

pronoun (interrogative)
1. (used to ask for the specifying of some impersonal thing): what is your name? what did he do?
2. (used to inquire as to the nature, character, class, origin, etc., of a thing or person): what is that animal?
3. (used to inquire as to the worth, usefulness, force, or importance of something): what is wealth without health?
4. (used to ask, often elliptically, for repetition or explanation of some word or words used, as by a previous speaker): you need five what? you claim to be what?
5. how much?: what did it cost?
6. (used to ask for the specifying of some thing or person): what news?; what men?
7. (used interjectionally to express surprise, disbelief, indignation, etc.)
8. (used with intensive force in exclamatory phrases, preceding an indefinite article, if one is used): what luck! what an idea!
pronoun (relative)
9. that which: this is what she says; I will send what was promised.
10. the kind of thing or person that, or such: the book is just what it professes to be; the old man is not what he was.
11. anything that, or whatever: say what you please; come what may.
12. (in parenthetic clauses) something that: but she went, and, what is more surprising, gained a hearing.
13. (now regarded as non-standard) that, which, or who: these are the tiles what Richard laid; that's the dog what bit me.
14. (used as a determiner) that or any … which; such … as: take what time and what assistants you need.
adverb
15. to what extent or degree, or how much: what does it matter?
phrase
16. and what not or and what have you, and the like: friends, relatives, and what have you.
17. do I what!, Colloquial (an affirmative exclamation expressing a positive response to a question asked): Do you love me? Do I what!
18. give someone what for, Colloquial to administer severe treatment, punishment, or violence: he hit me, so I gave him what for.
19. have what it takes, to be in possession of the qualities of courage, stamina, etc., required by a testing situation.
20. know what it is to … , to have experience of … : He knows what it is to be poor.
21. know what's what, to be in command of the facts of a situation and able to decide correctly what to do.
22. no matter what, notwithstanding anything else that happens.
23. so what?, Colloquial (an exclamation of contempt, dismissal, or the like.)
24. what about … ?, (a phrase used to make a suggestion): what about a cup of tea?
25. what do you say to …?, Colloquial would you like …?: what do you say to an ice-cream?
26. what for?,
a. for what reason or purpose?
b. Aboriginal English why?: what for you look so sad?
27. what if, Colloquial
a. (an interrogative pronoun which introduces the exploration of a possibility): what if nobody comes?
b. a hypothetical possibility: there are too many what ifs in this plan.
28. what it takes, the necessary ability, personality, or the like.
29. what of it?, (an exclamation of dismissal, etc.; what does it matter?.)
30. what say we … ?, (a phrase used to suggest an activity): what say we have a picnic?
31. what the!, (an exclamation of surprise, consternation, indignation, etc.)
32. what the hey (or heck), Colloquial (an expression of nonchalance, indifference, etc.)
33. what with, as a result of: what with storms and sickness, his return was delayed.
34. what's what, the true position.
{Middle English; Old English hwæt}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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