from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • pro. Everything or anything that: Do whatever you please.
  • pro. What amount that; the whole of what: Whatever is left over is yours.
  • pro. No matter what: Whatever happens, we'll meet here tonight.
  • pro. Which thing or things; what: Whatever does he mean?
  • pro. Informal What remains and need not be mentioned; what have you: Please bring something to the party-pretzels, crackers, whatever.
  • adj. Of any number or kind; any: Whatever requests you make will be granted.
  • adj. All of; the whole of: She applied whatever strength she had left to the task.
  • adj. Of any kind at all: No campers whatever may use the lake before noon.
  • interj. Informal Used to indicate indifference to or scorn for something, such as a remark or suggestion: We're having pizza tonight.-Whatever. I don't care.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unexceptional or unimportant; blah.
  • No matter which; for any
  • Anything that.
  • interj. A holophrastic expression used discourteously to indicate that the speaker does not consider the matter worthy of further discussion.
  • pro. Anything; used to indicate that the speaker does not care about options.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. Anything soever which; the thing or things of any kind; being this or that; of one nature or another; one thing or another; anything that may be; all that; the whole that; all particulars that; -- used both substantively and adjectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A. indef. rel. Anything which; no matter what; all that.
  • B. interrog. What? as, whatever shall I do?
  • Of what kind or sort it may be; no matter what; any or all that: applied to persons and things: as, whatever person is appointed must be satisfactory to the court.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. one or some or every or all without specification


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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