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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, chapterI:
      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.



  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”, 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.

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  1. (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!

Usage notes[edit]

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





  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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Most common English words before 1923: George · influence · March · #668: whatever · reach · secret · showed