Definition of what gives?
—used to ask the reason for something You've been acting weird all week. What gives?
Word by Word Definitions
: used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter
: often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood
: in what respect : how
: used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter
: to make a present of
: to grant or bestow by formal action
: to accord or yield to another
: capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility
: the ability of a material to bend or stretch
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