|Origin:||hal 'healthy, unhurt, complete'|
whole1 S1 W1
1 [only before noun]
all of something [= entire]:
You have your whole life ahead of you!
His whole attitude bugs me.
We ate the whole cake in about ten minutes.
The whole thing (=everything about the situation) just makes me sick.
We just sat around and watched TV the whole time (=the only thing we did was watch television).
I don't believe she's telling us the whole story (=all the facts).
It was months before the whole truth came out.
the whole school/country/village etc (=all the people in a school, country etc)
The whole town came out for the parade.
I'm feeling a whole lot better.
I don't cook a whole lot anymore.
a large quantity or number:
We're going to have a whole lot of problems if we don't finish this by tomorrow.
You can find a nice house in this neighborhood, and you don't have to spend a whole lot.
c) especially British English
all of something:
She gave me the whole lot for 20 pounds.
used to emphasize that there are a lot of things of a similar type:
There are a whole range of sizes to choose from.
complete and not divided or broken into parts:
Place a whole onion inside the chicken.
a snake swallowing a mouse whole (=swallowing it without chewing)
used to emphasize the purpose for doing something, especially when you believe this is unclear or has been forgotten:
I thought the whole point of the meeting was to decide which offer to accept.
an expression meaning 'anywhere' or 'at all', used to emphasize a statement:
I have the best job in the whole wide world.
7 also go whole hog American English informal
to do something as completely or as well as you can, without any limits:
I'm gonna go whole hog and have a live band at the barbecue.
8 American English spoken
including everything that is typical of or possible in an activity, situation, set of things etc:
Our new apartment complex has a tennis court, swimming pool, playground - the whole nine yards.