was

I Interrog. Pron. what (auch umg. für wie bitte?); was für (ein) ...? what sort of ...?; was für Länder kennst du schon? which countries have you already been to?; was für eine Farbe hat ...? what colo(u)r is ...?; was ist sein Vater? what does his father do?; was willst du werden? what do you want to be?; was willst du überhaupt? what do you actually want?; was kostet das? how much is it?, what (oder how much) does it cost?; was haben Sie an Wein etc.? what have you got in the way of wine etc.?; was ist denn? umg. what’s the matter?, what’s wrong?; was noch? what else?; was dann? and then what?; um was handelt es sich? umg. what’s it (all) about?; auf was wartest du? umg. what are you waiting for?; an was denkst du? umg. what are you thinking about?; was (warum) muss er lügen? umg. why does he have to lie?; was weiß ich! umg. how should I know?, search me; und was nicht alles umg. and all that; das tut weh, was? umg. it hurts, doesn’t it?; es zählt das Was, nicht das Wie it doesn’t matter how you do it, just get it done; machen I, nun I 1, sollen2 2 etc.
II Interj.: was, du rauchst nicht mehr? umg. what, you don’t smoke any more?; was für ein Unsinn / Krach etc.! what nonsense etc. / what a noise etc.; was für ein Wetter! what weather!; was haben wir gelacht! umg. what a laugh we had; was ist das doch schwierig this is so hard; ach I 5
III Rel. Pron. (das was) what; (welches) that, which; den Inhalt des vorhergehenden Satzes aufnehmend: which; das war alles, was er mir erzählte that was all (that) he told me; alles, was er weiß everything (that) he knows; ..., was ihn völlig kalt ließ ... which left him cold; was auch immer whatever (auch am Satzende), no matter what; was ihn betrifft as for him, as far as he’s concerned; was ich noch sagen wollte ... the other thing I wanted to say ...
IV unbest. Pron. umg. (etwas) something; ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst I spy with my little eye; weißt du schon was? have you heard anything?; ist was? what’s up?, is anything the matter?; was Schlechtes / Gutes / noch etc. something bad / good / else etc.; was Neues? any news?, anything new?; das ist was anderes that’s different; und nun zu ganz was anderem! and now for something completely different!; eine Palme oder so was (Ähnliches) a palm tree or something like that (oder something similar); na, so was! bes. iro. well I never!; was du nicht sagst! you don’t say!; hat man so was schon gesehen? have you ever seen anything like it?; so was von blöd! stupid or what?, how stupid can you get?; das war vielleicht was! that was really something!; da war doch was there was something there; ich will dir mal was sagen I’ll tell you something; bes. drohend: I’ll tell you what; schäm dich was! you ought to be ashamed of yourself; siehe auch so I 7, wissen
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whatsoever (Pron.); whatever (Pron.); what (Pron.)
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wạs [vas]
1. interrog pron
1) what; (= wie viel) how much, what

was kostet das? — how much is that?, what does or how much does that cost?

was ist or gibts? — what is it?, what's up?

was ist, kommst du mit? — well, are you coming?

sie kommt nicht – was? — she's not coming – what?

was hast du denn?, was ist denn los? — what's the matter (with you)?, what's wrong?

was willst or hast du denn? — what are you talking about?

was denn? (ungehalten) — what (is it)?; (um Vorschlag bittend) but what?

was denn, bist du schon fertig? — what, are you finished already?

das ist gut, was? (inf) — that's good, isn't it?

was haben wir gelacht! (inf) — how we laughed!

was ist das doch schwierig (inf) — it's really difficult

2) (inf = warum) why, what ... for

was lachst du denn so? — what are you laughing for?, why are you laughing?

3)

was für ... — what sort or kind of ...

was für ein Haus hat er? — what sort or kind of (a) house does he have?

was für ein schönes Haus! — what a lovely house!

und was für ein Haus! — and what a house!

was für ein Wahnsinn! — what madness!

2. rel pron
(auf ganzen Satz bezogen) which

das, was ... — that which ..., what ...

ich weiß, was ich/er tun soll — I know what I should do or what to do/what he should do

was auch (immer) — whatever

das ist etwas, was ich nicht verstehe — that is something (which) I don't understand

alles, was ... — everything or all (that) ...

das Beste/Schönste/wenige/Einzige, was ich ... — the best/prettiest/little/only thing (that) I ...

schreib/iss etc was du kannst (inf) — write/eat etc what you can

lauf, was du kannst! (inf) — run as fast as you can!

was du immer hast! — you do go on!

3. indef pron (inf) abbr
something; (fragend, bedingend auch, verneint) anything; (unbestimmter Teil einer Menge) some, any

(na,) so was! — well I never!

so was von Blödheit — such stupidity

er ist so was von doof — he's so incredibly stupid

kann ich dir was helfen? (inf) — can I give you a hand?

ist (mit dir) was? — is something the matter (with you)?

See:
→ auch etwas, sehen
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1) (used in questions etc when asking someone to point out, state etc one or more persons, things etc: What street is this?; What's your name/address / telephone number?; What time is it?; What (kind of) bird is that?; What is he reading?; What did you say?; What is this cake made of?; `What do you want to be when you grow up?' `A doctor.'; Tell me what you mean; I asked him what clothes I should wear.) what
2) ((also adverb) used in exclamations of surprise, anger etc: What clothes she wears!; What a fool he is!; What naughty children they are!; What a silly book this is!) what
3) (the thing(s) that: Did you find what you wanted?; These tools are just what I need for this job; What that child needs is a good spanking!) what
4) ((also relative adjective) any (things or amount) that; whatever: I'll lend you what clothes you need; Please lend me what you can.) what
5) ((also what ever) used in questions or exclamations to express surprise etc: Whatever will he say when he hears this?) what
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was
[vas]
I. pron interrog
1. (welches Ding) what
\was macht er beruflich? what's his job?
\was kann ich dir anbieten? what can I offer you?
für \was brauchst du es? what do you need it for?
mit \was beschäftigt Max sich? how does Max occupy his time?
was \was alles weiß! what a lot Peter knows!
2. (fam: welch)
\was für ein(e) ... what sort [or kind] of
\was für ein Auto hat sie?, \was hat sie für ein Auto? what kind of car has she got?
\was war das für eine Anstrengung! that really was an effort!, what an effort that was!
\was für ein Glück! what a stroke of luck!
\was für ein Wahnsinn! what madness!
\was für ein schöner Garten! what a lovely garden!
und \was für ein Garten! and what a garden!
\was für eine sie ist, das weiß ich auch nicht I don't know either what sort of a person she is
3. (welcher Grund) what
\was ist [o gibt's]? what's up?
was \was, kommst du mit? well, are you coming?
\was hast du denn?, \was ist denn [los]? what's the matter?, what's wrong?
\was denn, du bist schon fertig? what, are you finished already?
\was denn, du willst doch nicht schon gehen? you're not going already, are you?
ach \was! oh, come on!, of course not!
\was lachst du denn so? what are you laughing for?, why are you laughing?
4. (wie viel) what, how much
\was kostet das? what [or how much] does that cost?
5. (wie sehr) how
\was habe ich gelacht! how I laughed!
\was ist das doch kompliziert! it's really complicated!
6. (fam: nicht wahr) isn't it/doesn't it/aren't you
das ist gut, \was? that's good, isn't it?, not bad, eh? fam
II. pron rel
1. (welches) what
ich weiß, \was ich tun muss I know what I have to do
\was mich betrifft, [so] ... as far as I'm concerned ...
das, \was that which form, what
das ist etwas, \was ich nicht tun werde that is something [which] I won't do
das ist das Beste, \was du tun kannst that's the best thing you can do
das Einzige, \was ich Ihnen sagen kann, ist, dass er morgen kommt the only thing I can tell you is that he's coming tomorrow
das Wenige, \was ich besitze, will ich gerne mit dir teilen the little that I possess I will gladly share with you
2. (in erläuterndem Nebensatz) which
sie hat zugestimmt, \was mich gefreut hat he agreed, which pleased me
es hat auf der Fahrt geregnet, \was mich aber nicht gestört hat it rained during the journey, but that didn't bother me
3. (fam: wer)
\was ein ganzer Kerl ist, der stellt sich einem Kampf anyone worth his salt will put up a fight
4. DIAL (derjenige, diejenige)
\was unsere Mutter ist, die sagt immer ... our mother always says ...
5. DIAL (der, die, das)
der Peter, \was unser Jüngster ist ... Peter, who is our youngest ...
III. pron indef (fam)
1. (etwas) something; (in Fragen, Verneinungen) anything
sie hat kaum \was gesagt she hardly said anything [or a thing]
kann ich dir \was zu trinken anbieten? can I offer you a drink?
kann ich \was helfen? can I give you a hand?
das will \was heißen that really means something
iss nur, es ist \was ganz Leckeres! just eat it, it's something really tasty!
so \was something like that, such a thing
so \was könnte dir nicht passieren nothing like that could happen to you
so \was Ärgerliches/Dummes! how annoying/stupid!
so \was von Dummheit such stupidity
[na,] so \was! really?
nein, so \was! you don't say!
sie ist so \was wie ne Architektin she's an architect or something of the sort
2. (irgendetwas) anything
ist \was? is anything wrong?, is something the matter?
ob er \was gemerkt hat? I wonder if he noticed anything?
fällt Ihnen an dem Bild \was auf? does anything strike you about the picture?
gibt's \was Neues? is there any news?
haben die \was miteinander? is there something between them?
aus ihr wird mal \was werden she'll make something of herself
aus ihm wird nie \was werden he'll never come to anything
gib Bescheid, wenn ich \was für dich tun kann! let me know when I can do something for you
3. (fam: Teil einer Menge) some
ich will auch \was I want some too
4. DIAL (ein wenig) a little, a bit
möchtest du noch \was Kaffee? would you like some more coffee?
sprich bitte \was lauter! could you speak a little louder, please?
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was
A. int pr what (auch umg für
wie bitte?);
was für (ein) …? what sort of …?;
was für Länder kennst du schon? which countries have you already been to?;
was für eine Farbe hat …? what colo(u)r is …?;
was ist sein Vater? what does his father do?;
was willst du werden? what do you want to be?;
was willst du überhaupt? what do you actually want?;
was kostet das? how much is it?, what (oder how much) does it cost?;
was haben Sie an Wein etc? what have you got in the way of wine etc?;
was ist denn? umg what’s the matter?, what’s wrong?;
was noch? what else?;
was dann? and then what?;
um was handelt es sich? umg what’s it (all) about?;
auf was wartest du? umg what are you waiting for?;
an was denkst du? umg what are you thinking about?;
was (warum)
muss er lügen? umg why does he have to lie?;
was weiß ich! umg how should I know?, search me;
und was nicht alles umg and all that;
das tut weh, was? umg it hurts, doesn’t it?;
es zählt das Was, nicht das Wie it doesn’t matter how you do it, just get it done; machen A, nun A 1, sollen2 2 etc
B. int:
was, du rauchst nicht mehr? umg what, you don’t smoke any more?;
was für ein Unsinn/Krach etc! what nonsense etc/what a noise etc;
was für ein Wetter! what weather!;
was haben wir gelacht! umg what a laugh we had;
was ist das doch schwierig this is so hard; ach A 5
C. rel pr (das was) what; (welches) that, which; den Inhalt des vorhergehenden Satzes aufnehmend: which;
das war alles, was er mir erzählte that was all (that) he told me;
alles, was er weiß everything (that) he knows;
…, was ihn völlig kalt ließ … which left him cold;
was auch immer whatever (auch am Satzende), no matter what;
was ihn betrifft as for him, as far as he’s concerned;
was ich noch sagen wollte … the other thing I wanted to say …
D. indef pr umg (etwas) something;
ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst I spy with my little eye;
weißt du schon was? have you heard anything?;
ist was? what’s up?, is anything the matter?;
was Schlechtes/Gutes/noch etc something bad/good/else etc;
was Neues? any news?, anything new?;
das ist was anderes that’s different;
und nun zu ganz was anderem! and now for something completely different!;
eine Palme oder so was (Ähnliches) a palm tree or something like that (oder something similar);
na, so was! besonders iron well I never!;
was du nicht sagst! you don’t say!;
hat man so was schon gesehen? have you ever seen anything like it?;
so was von blöd! stupid or what?, how stupid can you get?;
das war vielleicht was! that was really something!;
da war doch was there was something there;
ich will dir mal was sagen I’ll tell you something; besonders drohend: I’ll tell you what;
schäm dich was! you ought to be ashamed of yourself; auch so A 7, wissen
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adj.
whatsoever adj. pron.
what pron.
whatever pron.

Deutsch-Englisch Wörterbuch. 2013.

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