Etymology: Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavic cělŭ
Date: before 12th century
(1) free of wound or injury ; unhurt
(2) recovered from a wound or injury ; restored
(3) being healed <whole of an ancient evil, I sleep sound — A. E. Housman> b. free of defect or impairment ; intact c. physically sound and healthy ; free of disease or deformity d. mentally or emotionally sound 2. having all its proper parts or components ; complete, unmodified <whole milk> <a whole egg> 3. a. constituting the total sum or undiminished entirety ; entire <owns the whole island> b. each or all of the <took part in the whole series of athletic events> 4. a. constituting an undivided unit ; unbroken, uncut <a whole roast suckling pig> b. directed to one end ; concentrated <promised to give it his whole attention> 5. a. seemingly complete or total <the whole idea is to help, not hinder> b. very great in quantity, extent, or scope <feels a whole lot better now> 6. constituting the entirety of a person's nature or development <educate the whole student> 7. having the same father and mother <whole brother> Synonyms: see perfect • wholeness noun Synonyms: whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away <read the whole book>. entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added <the entire population was wiped out>. total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered <the total number of people present>. all may equal whole, entire or total <all proceeds go to charity>. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a complete amount or sum ; a number, aggregate, or totality lacking no part, member, or element 2. something constituting a complex unity ; a coherent system or organization of parts fitting or working together as one III. adverb Date: 14th century 1. wholly, entirely <a whole new age group — Henry Chauncey> 2. as a complete entity
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.