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 (wī, hwī)
For what purpose, reason, or cause; with what intention, justification, or motive: Why is the door shut? Why do birds sing?
1. The reason, cause, or purpose for which: I know why you left.
2. Usage Problem On account of which; for which.
n. pl. whys
1. The cause or intention underlying a given action or situation: studying the whys of antisocial behavior.
2. A difficult problem or question.
Used to express mild surprise, indignation, or impatience.

[Middle English, from Old English hwȳ; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: A traditional rule states that why is redundant in the expression reason why, as in The reason why he accepted the nomination is not clear. It is true that why could be eliminated from such examples with no loss to the meaning, and that that could be used instead of why, but reason why has been used by reputable English writers since the Renaissance, and a majority of the Usage Panel accepts the construction. In our 2009 survey, 55 percent accepted the example quoted above. Higher percentages accepted examples in which reason is modified by a, any, or another instead of the.. For instance, 67 percent accepted the example Is there any reason why this drug enforcement program should work? While there is certainly no harm in observing this rule in one's own writing, insisting on it in the writing of others may seem petty. See Usage Note at where.


(ʰwaɪz, waɪz)
contraction of why is.
References in classic literature ?
"Why's that fellow in front of the line?" shouted somebody at him again.
This Sunday First Congregational Church of Elgin will celebrate the Environmental Sabbath, remembering that God's work of creation was not complete until God rested on the 7th day, that "The earth is the LORD's, and the fullness within." (Psalm 24:1) Our worship services on Sunday will focus upon the why's and the how's to care for the earth.
The last big screen project of the LizQuen loveteam was 'My Ex and Why's' in 2017.
Netflix released the official trailer of 13 Reasons Why's second season on Monday, and it seemed like the series will be more enigmatic.
Chief Justice Nisar remarked during the hearing that they will give directions to the inspector generals of jails across the country, adding that they are yet to receive a satisfactory reply on the matter.'If courts have to do everything, why's govt there'
One said: "Why's everyone hating on the new #gbbo line up.
"That's reet funny writin' that is - is it shorthand?" "This match is awful, ain't it?" "Why's your hand so red?" My match report, coloured by my mood, was so spiteful, I was glad I didn't have to face the players next day.
His wife, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, appeared to have her tongue firmly in her cheek as she feigned ignorance about what was going on in a message on Twitter: "Why's Ed Balls trending?
Some days I actually saw him wince with pain and I asked my mum 'why's he wincing?' and she said 'your father's got shrapnel in his body still," he said.
Although the actress's fans bombarded her with questions demanding to know the when's and why's of the picture, Zeina decided to keep schtum about it!