what's this about

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of what's this about

used before stating something that one has heard about to ask if it is true, if it exists, it really happened, etc.
  • What's this I hear about your getting engaged?
  • What's this about a letter? You never told me she wrote you a letter.

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

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

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever


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