1 what /ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/ pronoun
1 what
/ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/
Learner's definition of WHAT
used to ask for information about someone or something
used to describe a question
used to ask someone to say something again because you have not clearly heard or understood it often used to show surprise about the thing that someone has just said
informal used to express surprise, excitement, etc.
informal used to ask what someone's last name is
: that which : the one or ones that
: the kind that : the same as
: something that
: the thing or things that
often followed by to + verb
Guess what is often used to tell someone that you have surprising news.
: anything or everything that : whatever
informal used to direct attention to something that you are about to say

or what

used to ask about what is happening, being done, etc.
used to ask if someone agrees with you

say what

see 1say

what about

: does that include (someone) : how about (someone)
: how does that affect (someone or something) : what should be done about (someone or something)
used to make a suggestion about what could be done
used to ask someone to tell you something in response to the thing that you have just said


: for what purpose or reason
see also what for

what have you

: any of the other things that might also be mentioned

what if

: what would happen if
: what does it matter if used to say that something is not important
see also so what at 3what

what of

formal : how does that affect (someone or something) : what should be done about (someone or something)
: why does (something) matter

what's it to you?

: why do you want to know used to respond in a somewhat angry or annoyed way to a question that you do not want to answer

what's more

: in addition : furthermore

what's up?

US, informal
used as a friendly greeting

what's what

: the true state of things : the things that need to be known or understood in order to make good judgments, decisions, etc.

what's with

informal or what's up with
: what is the reason for (something)
: what is wrong with (someone or something)
2 what /ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/ adjective
2 what
/ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/
Learner's definition of WHAT
always used before a noun
used to ask someone to indicate the identity or nature of someone or something
used to say that someone or something is remarkable for having good or bad qualities
used to refer to an amount that someone has, uses, etc.
3 what /ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/ adverb
3 what
/ˈwɑːt/ /ˈwʌt/
Learner's definition of WHAT
: in what way

so what

used to say that something said or done is not important

what with

used to introduce the part of a sentence that indicates the cause of something