what's up

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what's up?

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) What are you doing?; what is happening?
  2. (informal) How are you?; how are you feeling?
  3. (idiomatic, colloquial) What’s the matter?
    • 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.
  4. (rhetorical question, colloquial) A casual greeting with a meaning similar to how are you? or nice to meet you.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ What's up Doc by Gary Martin, phrases.org.uk.