Which thing, event, circumstance, etc.: (n-g)
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
- The gym is across from … what? — The gym is across from the lounge. — Across from the lounge. Right. Thanks!
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That which; those that; the thing that.
1902, (w), ''(w)'':
- That’s her; that’s the thing what has stole his heart from me.
- For, it is a name what strikes fear in the heart of anyone what hears it.
In some manner or degree; in part; partly. ''See also with''
''This leads to an uncertain situation for creditors what would negatively affect the willingness to provide credit.''
(alt form) (gloss)
1605 William Shakespeare, ''King Lear''
- What, have his daughters brought him to this pass?
''What! that's|That’s amazing.''
What do you want? (non-gloss definition)
''What? I'm busy.''
1991 May 12, of Jeeves and Wooster episodes|"Kidnapped!" Jeeves and Wooster|''Jeeves and Wooster'', Series 2, Episode 5:
- ''Chuffy:'' WHAT? No, no, no, no, no. My casa is your casa, what?
Which one(s); which kind of.
''What shirt are you going to wear?''
''What time is it?''
''What kind of car is that?''
(RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene)
The identity of a thing, as an answer to a question of what.
2005, Norman K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln, ''The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research'' (page 493)
- The emphasis on the interplay between the hows and whats of interpretive practice is paramount.
Something that is addressed by (m), as opposed to a person, addressed by (m).
2012, "We Are Both", season 2, episode 2 of ''(w)''
- Regina: What are you?
- Rumplestiltskin: What? What? What? My, my, what a rude question! I am not a what.
- What shulde I tel the answere of the knyght?
(RQ:Milton Of Reformation)
- And as for on C good knyghtes I haue my self / but I fawte / l / for so many haue ben slayne in my dayes / and so Ladegreans delyuerd his doughter Gweneuer vnto Merlyn / and the table round with the C knyghtes / and so they rode fresshly with grete royalte / what by water and what by land / tyl that they came nyghe vnto london