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whatev

220; clipping
Whatever; used to express indifference, impatience, or dismissal. 'Whatev' has mostly the same meaning as 'whatever,' but it can have slightly different usage and connotations. 'Whatev' is normally used as an exclamation and never as a replacement for 'whatever' in an ordinary sentence. The motivation for using this word is probably to shorten the word 'whatever' from three syllables to two syllables. The clipping of the last syllable creates a slightly dismissive tone, which differentiates its meaning from the meaning of 'whatever.'
 
Whatev, man. Do what you want.
Etymology : Clipping of whatever
Source : Conversation with Rice students
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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