[hwuht-ev-er, hwot-, hwuh t-, wuht-, wot-, wuh t-]
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  1. anything that (usually used in relative clauses): Whatever you say is all right with me.
  2. (used relatively to indicate a quantity of a specified or implied antecedent): Take whatever you like of these.
  3. no matter what: Do it, whatever happens.
  4. any or any one of a number of things whether specifically known or not: papers, magazines, or whatever.
  5. what (used interrogatively): Whatever do you mean?
  1. in any amount; to any extent: whatever merit the work has.
  2. no matter what: whatever rebuffs he might receive.
  3. being what or who it may be: Whatever the reason, he refuses to go.
  4. of any kind (used as an intensifier following the noun or pronoun it modifies): any person whatever.
  1. (used to indicate indifference to a state of affairs, situation, previous statement, etc.)

Origin of whatever

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at what, ever
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whatsoever, any, everything

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British Dictionary definitions for whatever


  1. everything or anything thatdo whatever he asks you to
  2. no matter whatwhatever he does, he is forgiven
  3. informal an unknown or unspecified thing or thingstake a hammer, chisel, or whatever
  4. an intensive form of what, used in questionswhatever can he have said to upset her so much?
  1. an intensive form of whatuse whatever tools you can get hold of
  1. (postpositive) absolutely; whatsoeverI saw no point whatever in continuing
  1. informal an expression used to show indifference or dismissal
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Word Origin and History for whatever

c.1300, from what + ever. Variant form whatsoever is attested earlier.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with whatever


see or whatever.

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