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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʍɒtˈɛvə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /wʌtˈɛvɚ/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɛvə(r)
- No matter what; for any
- Whatever choice you make, there will be consequences.
- (relative) Anything that.
- Whatever reasons you have for doing this are unimportant to me.
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
- Whatever utility the work may have outside of its stated boundaries will be largely because of such a nonprovincial approach.
no matter which; for any
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- No matter what; for any
- Whatever he does, he will still lose the game.
- (relative) Anything; sometimes used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.
- I’ll do whatever I can.
- 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in 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.
- (colloquial, dismissive) A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.
- "For the last time, brush your teeth!" "Whatever!"
- Tone of voice is particularly important here in playing up or playing down the dismissive quality of the word.
indicating the speaker does not care what someone says
- (colloquial) Unexceptional or unimportant; blah.
- 1996, Mathias, “Lake Placid Comments”, in rec.music.phish, Usenet:
- All in all, I guess I shouldn't be complaining, but the rest of the show, imho, was very whatever-ish.
- (dated, postpositive) At all, absolutely, whatsoever.
- There is no point whatever in going on with this discussion.
- 1864, Charles Piazzi Smyth, Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid (page 207)
- So then arose the horrible confusion perpetuated ever since, of perversely different kinds of weights, jostling each other in Britain; Troy weight and Avoirdupois weight and Apothecaries' weight, wherein or whereamongst every one is at sea with regard to testing them, and no one whatever is satisfied.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0045:
- 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.
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