Why

Definition of Why

adv.1.
1.For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; - used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
- Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
2.For which; on account of which; - used relatively.
No ground of enmity between us known
Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm.
- Milton.
Turn the discourse; I have a reason why
I would not have you speak so tenderly.
- Dryden.
3.The reason or cause for which; that on account of which; on what account; as, I know not why he left town so suddenly; - used as a compound relative.
If her chill heart I can not move,
Why, I'll enjoy the very love.
- Cowley.
The how and the why and the where.
- Goldsmith.
For why
because; why. See Forwhy.
n.1.A young heifer.

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