Whosesoever to Widow
(Whose`so*ev"er) pron. The possessive of whosoever. See Whosoever.
(Who"so) pron. Whosoever. Piers Plowman.
Whoso shrinks or falters now, . . .Whittier.
Brand the craven on his brow!
(Who`so*ev"er) pron. Whatsoever person; any person whatever that; whoever.
Whosoever will, let him take . . . freely.Rev. xxii. 17.
(Whot) a. Hot. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Whur) v. i. [Probably of imitative origin. Cf. Hurr, Hurry, Whir.]
1. To make a rough, humming sound, like one who pronounces the letter r with too much force; to whir; to
2. To snarl or growl, as a dog. Halliwell.
(Whur) n. A humming or whirring sound, like that of a body moving through the air with velocity; a
(Whur"ry) v. t. [See Hurry.] To whisk along quickly; to hurry. [R.]
Whurrying the chariot with them to the shore.Vicars.
(Whurt) n. (Bot.) See Whort.
(Why) adv. [OE. whi, why, AS. hwi, hw, instrumental case of hwa, hwæt; akin to Icel. hvi why,
Dan. & Sw. hvi; cf. Goth. hw. . See Who.]
1. For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; used interrogatively. See the Note
under What, pron., 1.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
2. For which; on account of which; used relatively.
No ground of enmity between us knownMilton.
Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm.
Turn the discourse; I have a reason whyDryden.
I would not have you speak so tenderly.
3. The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left
town so suddenly; used as a compound relative.
Why is sometimes used as an interjection or an expletive in expression of surprise or content at a turn
of affairs; used also in calling. "Why, Jessica!" Shak.
If her chill heart I can not move,Cowley.
Why, I'll enjoy the very love.
Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun.
The how and the why and the where.Goldsmith. For why, because; why. See Forwhy. [Obs. or Colloq.]
(Why), n. A young heifer. [Prov. Eng.] Grose.