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why

why

 
pronunciation:
waI [or] hwaI
parts of speech:
adverb, conjunction, noun, interjection
part of speech: adverb
definition: for what reason, purpose, or cause.
Why are you in such a hurry?
 
part of speech: conjunction
definition 1: for what reason, purpose, or cause.
I don't know why you didn't call.
definition 2: because of which; for which.
Tell me the reason why you didn't like the movie.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: (often plural) the reason or explanation.
Einstein wanted to learn the whys behind the laws of the universe.
 
part of speech: interjection
definition: used to express surprise or mild annoyance.
Why, I never knew you were once an actor!Why, Max, you bad dog!