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adverb 
  1. in some manner or degree; in part; partly; usually followed by with.
What with singing and joking, the time passed quickly.
  1. Such; this is; that is.
What a pity.
What a beautiful day!
  1. Obs. why?
pronoun 
  1. (context, interrogative) which thing, event, circumstance, etc.: used interrogatively in asking for the specification of an identity, quantity, quality, etc.
What is your address?
You told them ?
Brit. colloq.It's rather late, ?
  1. (context, relative, nonstandard) that; which
    • 1902, w:J. M. Barrie, J. M. Barrie, w:The Admirable Crichton, The Admirable Crichton
    • :That"s her; that"s the thing has stole his heart from me.
Etymology: < hwít < Proto-Germanic < Proto-Indo-European base
  • kwos,
  • kwod (which also gave us "who").



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