wherewith

1 of 3

conjunction

where·​with ˈ(h)wer-ˌwit͟h How to pronounce wherewith (audio)
-ˌwith
: with or by means of which
metal tools wherewith to break groundRussell Lord

wherewith

2 of 3

pronoun

archaic
: that with or by which
used with an infinitive
so shall I have wherewith to answer himPsalms 119:42 (King James Version)

wherewith

3 of 3

adverb

obsolete
: with what
wherewith shall it be saltedMatthew 5:13 (King James Version)

Word History

First Known Use

Conjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wherewith was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wherewith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherewith. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

wherewith

conjunction
where·​with
ˈhwe(ə)r-ˌwit͟h,
ˈhwa(ə)r-,
ˈwe(ə)r-,
ˈwa(ə)r-,
-ˌwith
: with or by means of which
we lack tools wherewith to repair the damage
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