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EtymologyEdit

where +‎ withal

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌwɛə.wɪˈðl/, /ˈwɛə.wɪ.ðɔːl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɛəɹ.wɪ.ðɔl/, /ˈwɛəɹ.wɪ.θɔl/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /ˈwɛəɹ.wɪ.ðɑl/, /ˈwɛəɹ.wɪ.θɑl/
  • (file)

NounEdit

wherewithal (countable and uncountable, plural wherewithals)

  1. The ability and means required to accomplish some task.
    • I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, in Guardian[1]:
      Christmas queen Mary Berry's aubergine five-nut roast, from her Christmas Collection, is, as the name suggests, rather more focused on the nut side of things. Breadcrumbs play second fiddle to a medley of almonds, Brazils, chestnuts, pine nuts and pistachios which, although tangy with lemon juice and garlic, is outrageously dense. A single slice of this could leave you supine in front of the Queen's speech without even the wherewithal to reach for the remote control.
    • 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 67:
      "I just can't imagine," Philip said, "having that kind of self-knowledge, that kind of...wherewithal at fifteen.[...]"

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AdverbEdit

wherewithal (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) In what way; how.

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Here-, there- and where- words
here hereabout hereabouts hereafter hereat herebefore hereby herefore herefrom herein hereinafter hereinbefore hereinto hereof hereon hereto heretofore hereunder hereunto hereupon herewith herewithal
there thereabout thereabouts thereafter thereagain thereagainst thereamong therearound thereas thereat therebefore therebeside thereby therefore therefrom therein thereinafter thereinbefore thereinto thereof thereon thereto theretofore thereunder thereunto thereupon therewith therewithal
where whereabout whereabouts whereafter whereagainst whereamong whereas whereat whereby wherefore wherefrom wherein whereinafter whereinbefore whereinto whereof whereon whereto wheretofore whereunder whereunto whereupon wherewith wherewithal