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Definition why

Etymology 1

From Middle English why, from Old English hwȳ, hwī (“why”, literally “by what, for what”), from Proto-Germanic *hwī (“by what, how”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷey, instrumental case of *kʷis (“who”), *kʷid (“what”). Cognate with Old Saxon hwī (“why”), hwiu (“how; why”), Middle High German wiu (“how, why”), archaic Danish and Norwegian Bokmål hvi (“why”), Norwegian Nynorsk kvi (“why”), Swedish vi (“why”), Faroese and Icelandic hví (“why”), Latin quī (“why”), Ancient Greek πεῖ (peî, “where”). Compare Old English þȳ (“because, since, on that account, therefore, then”, literally “by that, for that”). See thy.

Adverb

why (not comparable)

  1. For what cause, reason, or purpose (interrogative adverb).
    1. Introducing a complete question.
    2. Introducing a verb phrase (bare infinitive clause).
    3. Introducing a noun or other phrase.
  2. For which cause, reason, or purpose (relative adverb).
Noun

why (plural whys)

  1. reason
Interjection

why

  1. An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience.

Etymology 2

Noun

why (plural whies)

  1. (Britain, dialectal) A young heifer.

Results 182 Words with the letters WHY

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10 letter words with the letters WHY 
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6 letter words with the letters WHY 
ANYHOW 14
FORWHY 16
HAWKEY 17
HAYMOW 16
SWISHY 13
WHACKY 20
WHAMMY 19
WHEEZY 22
WHELKY 18
WHERRY 13
WHEYEY 15
WHIMSY 16
WHINEY 14
WHINNY 15
WHIPPY 19
WHIRLY 14
WHIRRY 13
WHISKY 17
WHITEY 13
WHOLLY 15
WHYDAH 16
WITCHY 16
WORTHY 13
WRATHY 13
WYCHES 16
5 letter words with the letters WHY 
CHEWY 15
HOWDY 13
SHOWY 12
THEWY 12
WASHY 12
WHEYS 12
WHINY 13
WHITY 12
WITHY 12
4 letter words with the letters WHY 
WHEY 11
WHYS 11
WYCH 14
3 letter words with the letters WHY 
WHY 10

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