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- Mostly nonstandard: wassup, what up, waz up, wazzup, whassup, wuzzup, wussup, sup, wa'up, swa'up, 'sup
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- (idiomatic, colloquial, with up in the sense of "of concern") What’s the matter? What is the problem? What is wrong?
- You're looking a bit miserable. What's up?
- I got a call saying to come straight away. What's up?
- 1884, Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn:
- Hello, what's up? Don't cry bub. What's the trouble?
- 1912, W. Somerset Maugham, Lady Frederick: A Comedy in Three Acts, Act 1:
- Lady Frederick: Oh lord, I wish I were eighteen. [She sinks into a chair, and an expression of utter weariness comes over her face.]
- Gerald: I say, what's up?
- Lady Frederick: [Starting.] I thought you'd gone. Nothing.
- (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly US, with up in the sense of "happening") What is happening? What are you doing?
- (rhetorical question, colloquial) A casual greeting with a meaning similar to how are you? or nice to meet you.
- Hey, what's up? – Hey! Good to see you.
- (idiomatic, colloquial) What do you need?; How can I help you?
- Can I ask you something? – Sure, what's up?
Sometimes, people give sarcastic responses to this question, such as "the sky" or "the ceiling" (or anything that is above the speaker).
How are you?
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