or what?

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase or what?

Meaning

You can add this to a question if you're getting impatient or frustrated.

For example

  • I'd been waiting for ten minutes, so I said, "Are you ready yet, or what?"

  • When Max asked his boss to repeat the instructions, his boss said, "Are you deaf, or what?"

Quick Quiz

Cathy said to the waiter, "Is there a problem in the kitchen, or what?" She was

a. worried about the kitchen staff

b. sick of waiting for the food

c. worried about getting sick

Contributor: Matt Errey