From Middle English wher, quher, from Old English hwǣr (“where”, literally “at what place”), from Proto-Germanic *hwar (“where”), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷo- (interrogative pronoun). Cognate with Scots quhare (“where”), West Frisian wêr (“where”), Dutch waar (“where”), German wo (“where”), Danish hvor (“where”), Icelandic hvar (“where”); related to Old English hwā (“who”). More at who.
- (UK) enPR: hwâr, IPA(key): /ʍɛə(ɹ)/
- (US) enPR: wâr, hwâr, IPA(key): /wɛɹ/, /ʍɛɹ/
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- Homophones: ware, wear (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
- While on the contrary; although; whereas.
- William Shakespeare
- And flight and die is death destroying death; / Where fearing dying pays death servile breath.
- July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises
- Where the Joker preys on our fears of random, irrational acts of terror, Bane has an all-consuming, dictatorial agenda that’s more stable and permanent, a New World Order that’s been planned out with the precision of a military coup.
2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
- Now we are liberal with our innermost secrets, spraying them into the public ether with a generosity our forebears could not have imagined. Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet.
- Where Susy has trouble coloring inside the lines, Johnny has already mastered shading.
- William Shakespeare
- At or in which place or situation.
2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
- Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
- He is looking for a house where he can have a complete office.
- I've forgotten where I was in this book, but it was probably around chapter four.
- To which place or situation.
- The snowbirds travel where it is warm.
- Their job is to go where they are called.
- (law) In a position, case, etc., in which.
- Where no provision under this Act is applicable, the case shall be decided in accordance with the customary practices.
where (not comparable)
- (used interrogatively, in either a direct or indirect question) At what place; to what place; what place.
- Where are you?
- Where are you going?
- Where did you come from?
- In what situation.
- Where would we be without our parents?
- The place in which.
- He lives within five miles of where he was born.
- The place in which something happens.
- A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.
- Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. — Spenser.