[hwuht-ev-er, hwot-, hwuh t-, wuht-, wot-, wuh t-]




(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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Related Words for whatever

whatsoever, any, everything

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British Dictionary definitions for whatever



everything or anything thatdo whatever he asks you to
no matter whatwhatever he does, he is forgiven
informal an unknown or unspecified thing or thingstake a hammer, chisel, or whatever
an intensive form of what, used in questionswhatever can he have said to upset her so much?


an intensive form of whatuse whatever tools you can get hold of


(postpositive) absolutely; whatsoeverI saw no point whatever in continuing


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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