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Is why a Scrabble word?

Yes. The word why is a Scrabble US word. The word why is worth 12 points in Scrabble:


Is why a Scrabble UK word?

Yes. The word why is a Scrabble UK word and has 12 points:


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Yes. The word why is a Words With Friends word. The word why is worth 10 points in Words With Friends (WWF):


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3 letters words from 'why'

WHY 12 

All 3 letters words made out of why

why hwy wyh ywh hyw yhw

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Definitions and meaning of why


Etymology 1

From Middle English why, from Old English hwȳ (why), from Proto-Germanic *hwī (by what, how), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷey, instrumental case of *kʷis (who), *kʷid (what).

Cognate with Old Saxon hwī (why), hwiu (how; why), Middle High German wiu (how, why), archaic Danish and Norwegian Bokmål hvi (why), Norwegian Nynorsk kvi (why), Swedish vi (why), Faroese and Icelandic hví (why), Latin quī (why), Ancient Greek πεῖ (peî, where). Compare Old English þȳ (because, since, on that account, therefore, then, literally by that, for that). See thy.


  • enPR: hwī, , IPA(key): /ʍaɪ/, /waɪ/
  • (in accents without the "wine-whine" merger)
  • (in accents with the "wine-whine" merger)
  • (in accents with the "wine-whine" merger)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ
  • Homophones: wye, Y, y (all only in accents with the wine-whine merger)


why (not comparable)

  1. For what cause, reason, or purpose (interrogative adverb).
    1. Introducing a complete question.
      • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
        Why do you have a map of the world?
    2. Introducing a verb phrase (bare infinitive clause).
    3. Introducing a noun or other phrase.
  2. For which cause, reason, or purpose (relative adverb).
  • how come, wherefore, to what end, why so


why (plural whys or why's)

  1. reason
  • wherefore



  1. An exclamation used to express indignation, mild surprise, or impatience.
    • 1724, Daniel Defoe, Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress
      Why, child, I tell thee if I was thy mother I would not disown thee; don't you see I am as kind to you as if I was your mother?”
      Why, thank you!
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Etymology 2


why (plural whies)

  1. (Britain, dialect, archaic) A young heifer.

Further reading

  • why in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • why in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • hwy, hwy.



From Proto-Celtic *swīs (compare Breton c’hwi, Welsh chi, Old Irish síi), from Proto-Indo-European *wos.


  • IPA(key): /ʍiː/, /ʍəɪ/

Alternative forms

  • hwi (Standard Written Form)



  1. (Standard Cornish, Standard Written Form with Traditional Graphs) you (formal or plural)

Source: wiktionary.org
  • a whipping, a total defeat.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)