what possessed him/her/you/them

Definition of what possessed him/her/you/them

  1. —used to say that someone did something stupid She was acting like a fool. I don't know what possessed her.

Word by Word Definitions

whatplay
  1. : 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

    :  who

  1. :  why

    :  in what respect :  how

  1. : used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

    :  whatever

    :  any

possessed
  1. :  influenced or controlled by something (as an evil spirit, a passion, or an idea)

    :  mad, crazed

    :  urgently desirous to do or have something

  1. : objective case ofhe

  1. :  of or relating to her or herself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action — compare 1she

  1. : objective case ofshe

  1. : heraldry

  1. :  the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

    :  one

themplay
  1. : objective case ofthey

    :  they

    :  those

  1. :  those


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