whatever

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whatever (comparative more whatever, superlative most whatever)

  1. (colloquial) Unexceptional or unimportant; blah.
    • 1996, "Mathias", Lake Placid Comments (discussion on Internet newsgroup rec.music.phish)
      All in all, I guess I shouldn't be complaining, but the rest of the show, imho, was very whatever-ish.
    • 2007, Avril Lavigne, "Girlfriend", The Best Damn Thing,
      She's like so whatever / You can do so much better
  2. (postpositive) At all, absolutely, whatsoever.
    There is no point whatever in going on with this discussion.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.

Determiner[edit]

whatever

  1. No matter which; for any
    Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.
  2. (relative) Anything that.
    Whatever you say is fine with me.
    • 1734, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man
      And, spite of pride, in erring reason's spite, One truth is clear, whatever is, is right.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      Whatever utility the work may have outside of its stated boundaries will be largely because of such a nonprovincial approach.
    • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, American Scientist: 
      The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, essentially what today we might term a frameless magnifying glass or plain glass paperweight.

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whatever

  1. (colloquial, dismissive) A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.
    Parent: For the last time, brush your teeth!
    Child: Whatever!

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  • Tone of voice is particularly important here in playing up or playing down the dismissive quality of the word.

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whatever

  1. Anything; used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.
    I'll do whatever I can.
    Do you want Chinese or Mexican for lunch today? — Whatever.

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