what do you want? | what is it?

This page is about the conversational phrase what do you want? | what is it?


This an impolite or rude way of asking someone why they've interrupted you.

For example

  • "Can I see you for a moment?"
    "What do you want? Can't you see I'm busy?"

  • "What is it, Lucas?"
    "I need some help with my homework, Dad."

More polite questions with the same meaning include "What can I do for you?" and "How can I help?"

Quick Quiz

If someone says "What do you want?" or "What is it?", they're probably

a. pleased to see you

b. happy to help you

c. annoyed with you

Contributor: Matt Errey