(noun.) the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'.
(adv.) For what cause, reason, or purpose; on what account; wherefore; -- used interrogatively. See the Note under What, pron., 1.
(adv.) For which; on account of which; -- used relatively.
(adv.) 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.
(n.) A young heifer.
ad. . Wherefore, for what cause or reason, on what account.. For what purpose.
- Why, the breeches-maker, said Bob Manners, speaking very slow. 哈里特·威尔逊. 哈里特·威尔逊回忆录.
- Why don't she come? 哈里特·威尔逊. 哈里特·威尔逊回忆录.
- I don't see why you shouldn't like me to know that you wished to do me a service, my dear fellow. 乔治·艾略特. 米德尔马契.
- Why, the man was weary of you, and would have jilted you, but that Dobbin forced him to keep his word. 威廉·梅克比斯·萨克雷. 名利场.
- Why, I was afraid of being shot, said Alvanly, very quietly. 哈里特·威尔逊. 哈里特·威尔逊回忆录.
- Why, my dear lad, I am even now courting the Nine, and turning Aristophanes into good English verse. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- Why, I am a boy, sir, to half a dozen old codgers here! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 双城记.
- But why should I not bear it as others have borne it before me! 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- Why were we ever told to bring navy revolvers with us if we had to be protected at last by this infamous star-spangled scum of the desert? 马克·吐温. 傻子出国记.
- And is that why you would put tables and chairs upon them, and have people walking over them with heavy boots? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 艰难时事.
- Why do you always avoid Mr. Tudor? 路易莎·梅·奥尔科特. 小妇人.
- In that case why not question the housekeeper? 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- Why revive it? 查尔斯·狄更斯. 我们共同的朋友.
- Was it known why he stayed away? 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 雪莉.
- Why can you no longer be a clergyman? 伊丽莎白·盖斯凯尔. 南方与北方.