Origin of whether
Examples from the Web for whether
Contemporary Examples of whether
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
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
January 7, 2015
In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
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?
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of whether
Whether it had ever been painted, was a question not easily solved.
I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Whether I will be permitted again to look upon your dear faces, I also am ignorant.
The next question was, whether it was possible to follow them.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The question which you have to consider is whether this war is just or unjust.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- 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
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with whether
- whether or not
- not know whether