whether

[ hweth-er, weth- ]SEE DEFINITION OF whether

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Whether it had ever been painted, was a question not easily solved.

I doubt me whether the poor old hound will brook the journey.

Whether I will be permitted again to look upon your dear faces, I also am ignorant.

The next question was, whether it was possible to follow them.

The question which you have to consider is whether this war is just or unjust.

The whole morning whether at home or on a visit was devoted to business.

I never was in love as it is called; and whether this be it, or not, I must submit to you.

I came to see, ma'am, whether you'd take me back, as I 'aven't got Baby now.

But whether it was the food she gave him or what, 'e was that wasted you wouldn't have known him.

Let us see if there be any sense, whether sufficient reason or not in their choice.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hwæðer, hweðer "which of two, whether," from Proto-Germanic *khwatharaz (cf. Old Saxon hwedar, Old Norse hvarr, Gothic huaþar, Old High German hwedar "which of the two," German weder "neither"), from interrogative base *khwa- "who" (see who) + comparative suffix *-theraz (cf. Sanskrit katarah, Avestan katara-, Greek poteros, Latin uter "which of the two, either of two," Lithuanian katras "which of the two," Old Church Slavonic koteru "which"). Its comparative form is either. Phrase whether or not (also whether or no) recorded from 1650s.

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