why

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why is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
why

Pronunciation[change]

Homophones[change]

in accents with the wine-whine merger

Adverb[change]

Positive
why

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. (question) used to ask the reason for something
    Why did you say that?
  2. used to talk about the reason for something
    I wonder why he did that.
  3. (relative) used to give more information about the reason for something
    Can you tell me the reason why he did that?

Interjection[change]

Interjection
why

  1. used to show surprise
    Why! Thank you for the present.