Definitions

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  • adv. For whatever reason.

Etymologies

why +‎ ever (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

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  • True, seanahan--thanks for mentioning that. That's how I access it, come to think of it.

    July 31, 2007

  • Most college networks have a subscription to the OED, so if you have access to a college network, you can read the definitions for free.

    July 31, 2007

  • So inconvenient. ;->

    July 30, 2007

  • Maybe I could gut most of the rooms in my house and install bookshelves and reading nooks--oh wait, my SO would have an opinion, too. Rats!

    July 30, 2007

  • Sacred and BIG! ;-)

    July 30, 2007

  • You are so right, R. I am trying to figure out where to put all my books as it is--but dictionaries, and especially OED, are sacred, aren't they? :)

    July 30, 2007

  • However, if you can manage to build an extra room on your house to hold all the volumes, you could order the full (non-microscopic) OED. ;-)

    July 30, 2007

  • I agree, gerwitz--it is so much easier to use the on-line sources. My OED is the two volume set with magnifying glass; it is a major productionfor me to use it. I would love to be able to use the on-line OED but there is no way I could justify the expense for my current purposes.

    July 30, 2007

  • The OED *is* online--but you have to have a subscription to make full use of the site. :-)

    July 30, 2007

  • Zounds! I can't believe I neglected the OED when searching for whyever. I've become far too dependant on the readily-accessible and online.

    July 30, 2007

  • Actually, whyever is in the OED. And whyever shouldn't it be?

    July 30, 2007

  • What about whenever, however, and whatsoever? I sense a list coming on. Actually, I don't know that I've ever seen wherever as one word.

    July 30, 2007

  • I don't care that no dictionary appears to include whyever. If wherever, whoever, and whatever are legitimate, then I'm using whyever.

    July 30, 2007