Origin of whether
Examples from the Web for whether
Instead, the man and woman in the truck wanted to know where the crash site was and whether would I show them.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.
She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.
Investigators will focus on whether the sudden emergency was so extreme that no degree of pilot skill would have helped.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whether he gets his full due in popular culture remains to be seen.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America|John Avlon|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When shall we know whether they are dead or alive, whether strong and healthy or moaning upon a bed in hospital?Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
Whether the former gives a dryer product or not, the author cannot decide.Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel|Samuel William Johnson
On the contrary, it is almost directly favourable, but the question is whether they would venture out at all in such a storm.A Canadian Heroine, Volume 2|Mrs. Harry Coghill
It depended on him whether the reproach which lay on his religion should be taken away or should be made permanent.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The secret you have whispered to me just now, whether true or false, I shall take to him.Gabriel Conroy|Bert Harte
British Dictionary definitions for whether
- used as a conjunction as a variant of whether (def. 1)
- under any circumstanceshe will be here tomorrow, whether or no
Word Origin for whether
Word Origin and History for whether
Old English hwæðer, hweðer "which of two, whether," from Proto-Germanic *khwatharaz (cf. Old Saxon hwedar, Old Norse hvarr, Gothic huaþar, Old High German hwedar "which of the two," German weder "neither"), from interrogative base *khwa- "who" (see who) + comparative suffix *-theraz (cf. Sanskrit katarah, Avestan katara-, Greek poteros, Latin uter "which of the two, either of two," Lithuanian katras "which of the two," Old Church Slavonic koteru "which"). Its comparative form is either. Phrase whether or not (also whether or no) recorded from 1650s.
Idioms and Phrases with whether
In addition to the idiom beginning with whether
- whether or not
- not know whether