German edit

Etymology edit

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.

Pronunciation edit

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

Adverb edit


  1. why; for what reason
    warum ist die Banane krumm - why is the banana bent

Derived terms edit

See also edit

Further reading edit

  • warum” in Duden online
  • warum” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Old English edit

Noun edit


  1. dative plural of waru