Whether


Whether
Whether Wheth"er, pron. [OE. whether, AS. hw[ae]?er; akin to OS. hwe?ar, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder, conj., neither, Icel. hv[=a]rr whether, Goth. hwa?ar, Lith. katras, L. uter, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. katara, from the interrogatively pronoun, in AS. hw[=a] who. ????. See {Who}, and cf. {Either}, {Neither}, {Or}, conj.] Which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively and relatively. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Now choose yourself whether that you liketh. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

One day in doubt I cast for to compare Whether in beauties' glory did exceed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Whether of them twain did the will of his father? --Matt. xxi. 31. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whether — Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whether or no — Whether Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whether — wheth|er [ weðər, hweðər ] conjunction *** 1. ) used when someone does not know which of two possibilities is true: They asked us whether we were married. There is some doubt as to whether the illness is infectious. whether...or: She doesn t even …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whether — wheth|er W1S1 [ˈweðə US ər] conj [: Old English; Origin: hwAther, hwether] 1.) used when talking about a choice you have to make or about something that is not certain ▪ Maurice asked me whether I needed any help. ▪ There were times when I… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whether — /hwedh euhr, wedh /, conj. 1. (used to introduce the first of two or more alternatives, and sometimes repeated before the second or later alternative, usually with the correlative or): It matters little whether we go or stay. Whether we go or… …   Universalium

  • whether --- or — or[whether or whether[] 1. {coord. conj.} Used to introduce an indirect question. * /You must decide whether you should go or stay./ * /I don t know whether Jack or Bill is a better player./ Compare: EITHER OR(2). Used to show a choice of things …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • whether --- or — or[whether or whether[] 1. {coord. conj.} Used to introduce an indirect question. * /You must decide whether you should go or stay./ * /I don t know whether Jack or Bill is a better player./ Compare: EITHER OR(2). Used to show a choice of things …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • whether — I. pronoun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hwæther, hwether; akin to Old High German hwedar which of two, Latin uter, Greek poteros, Old English hwā who more at who Date: before 12th century 1. archaic which one of the two 2. archaic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whether — conjunction /ˈwɛðə(r),ˈʍɛðə(r)/ a) Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative ). whether ys it easyer to saye to the sicke of the palsey, thy synnes ar… …   Wiktionary

  • whether or no — or whether or not phrasal in any case < they ve only been married a very few weeks, whether or no Thomas Hardy > …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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