Asking the origin or purpose of an unknown or mysterious object in a terrifying and confused manner.
by Lemyrddin January 31, 2011
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A way to express confusion over a situation or an object... can be followed by the thing that is confusing, or just said by itself, usually with "this" at the end.
Mom: What even is this, Jacob? -points to line of powder on his desk.
Madison: What the fuck Alex? You're cheating on me?!?!? What even is this?!?!?
by shadypalmtree January 17, 2016
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Contraction of "what is this I don't even". Typed when you're too astounded to tap out more than 9 keystrokes. Spoken when you're too stupefied for words.

NOT to be confused with whatever.
ME: ZOMG this dude tossing a tuxedo cat toward the hula hoops on the wall while two girls were kissing behind booze bottles is the best LOLcat EVER!

YOU: what even
by campyspornshack December 27, 2011
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Used as a sort of comeback at a persons question that is either considered stupid or has an easy answer.

This is also used when a someone asks a question that you do not understand or do not know how to explain
Person 1: "dude, how is that even spelt?"
Person 2: "ugh, what even is ballet?"
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What will this evening bring me this morning? Dawn will arise without any warning! As Frank Zappa said, meaning the choices we make in pleasure seeking will bring consequences, sometimes surprisingly fast.
What will this evening bring me this morning? Dawn will arise without any warning!
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When “what the hell” is not enough, but “wtf” is inappropriate to use. Eg at a church or a school
What the even hell sandra you cannot blow a kiss to the priest

What the even hell karen, why are you wearing odd shoes.
by Lionking98 July 30, 2021
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A rhetorical question asked to undermine someone's point or argument; a more abrupt version of "that doesn't make sense" or "that's not relevant;" sometimes "I don't understand and it's your fault."

A: Poor people in rural Indiana are poor because they live in rural Indiana.
B: What does that even mean?


A: Where have you been for the past few months? I've be calling and writing and haven't heard anything back.
B: I went dark for a while.
A: What does that even mean?
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