GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German warumme, war umme, warumbe, war umbe, from Old High German wār umbe. Equivalent to wo (where) +‎ um (in order to, for the purpose of), thus “for what purpose”. Doublet of worum, but with the older vocalism preserved. Compare Dutch waarom, which has both meanings.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vaˈʁʊm/ (usual)
  • IPA(key): /ˈvaː.ʁʊm/ (never in isolation, but sometimes triggered by the intonation of a sentence)
  • Rhymes: -ʊm

AdverbEdit

warum

  1. why; for what reason

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See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • warum” in Duden online