Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?Ezek. xxxiii. 11.
No ground of enmity between us knownMilton.
Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm.
Turn the discourse; I have a reason whyDryden.
I would not have you speak so tenderly.
☞ Why is sometimes used as an interjection or an expletive in expression of surprise or content at a turn of affairs; used also in calling. "Why, Jessica!" Shak.
If her chill heart I can not move,Cowley.
Why, I'll enjoy the very love.
Sometimes, also, it is used as a noun.
The how and the why and the where.Goldsmith.