Origin of why
usage note for why
Words nearby why
How to use why in a sentence
I mean, even Ron Fournier of National Journal, usually devoted to the pox-on-both-houses, why-can't-Obama-lead?
DB: Why/how does Credit Suisse feel like a good fit for you?Industry Trailblazer to Aspiring Women Pros: Stand Up and Be Counted|Daily Beast Promotions|November 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Ferguson reverses those emphases—focusing solely on this historic meltdown, the who/what/where/why/how.
Till now one with sudden hiss: "But-good Christ-just look-why, the roof's leaning—!"The Lord of the Sea|M. P. Shiel
And what is it that brings disaster on those who employ the phalanx?Why the phalanx fails.
It needed a beefy person with fat legs and a large amount of inexplicable dignity, a regular God-knows-why loftiness.The O'Ruddy|Stephen Crane
Weren't they as good as gold this morning, Emily?and yesterday!why they never murmured, as good as gold they were.The White Peacock|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Like other sharp children, Why-Why was always asking metaphysical conundrums.In the Wrong Paradise|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for why
- for what reason, purpose, or cause?why are you here?
- (used in indirect questions)tell me why you're here