Ask Difference

Whole vs. Hole — What's the Difference?

Whole is complete, unbroken. Hole is an opening or cavity. The word "whole" denotes completeness or entirety, suggesting that nothing is missing. In contrast, "hole" refers to a gap, opening, or void, indicating the absence of material or space.
Whole vs. Hole — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Whole and Hole

ADVERTISEMENT

Key Differences

"Whole" often conveys a sense of totality, used to describe something that's intact or undivided. "Hole," however, implies a space or opening that's been removed from a larger structure, often creating a void.
Oct 26, 2023
In usage, "whole" might describe the unbroken state of an object, or refer to something in its entirety. "Hole" usually signifies a puncture, opening, or cavity within something, indicating that part of it is missing.
Oct 26, 2023
Grammatically, "whole" is used as an adjective or a noun, often in contexts that emphasize completeness. "Hole," typically a noun, refers to an empty space or opening, sometimes caused by damage or wear.
Oct 26, 2023
"Whole" can also imply health or well-being, as in "whole foods" or "whole-body wellness." "Hole" lacks this connotation and is often used in more literal or physical contexts, such as in geology or construction.
Oct 26, 2023

Comparison Chart

Part of Speech

Mostly an adjective or noun
Primarily a noun
Oct 26, 2023
ADVERTISEMENT

Meaning

Complete, undamaged
An opening or gap
Oct 26, 2023

Usage

Describes completeness
Indicates absence or void
Oct 26, 2023

Context

Often used in health, integrity
Common in physical structures
Oct 26, 2023

Connotation

Positive, as in health or integrity
Neutral or negative, as in lack or absence
Oct 26, 2023

Compare with Definitions

Whole

An opening through something
He drilled a hole in the wall.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

A cavity or depression
A hole formed in the ground after the rain.
Oct 26, 2023

Whole

A flaw or defect
There's a hole in his argument.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

A flaw or defect
There's a hole in his argument.
Oct 26, 2023

Whole

A cavity or depression
A hole formed in the ground after the rain.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

In golf, the target area
He scored a birdie on the ninth hole.
Oct 26, 2023

Whole

In golf, the target area
He scored a birdie on the ninth hole.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

A hollowed place in something solid; a cavity or pit
Dug a hole in the ground with a shovel.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Containing all components; complete
The whole series of novels.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An opening or perforation
A hole in the clouds.
Had a hole in the elbow of my sweater.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Not divided or disjoined; in one unit
A whole loaf.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(Sports) An opening in a defensive formation, such as the area of a baseball infield between two adjacent fielders.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration
The baby cried the whole trip home.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A fault or flaw
There are holes in your argument.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt
Many escaped the fire frightened but whole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A deep place in a body of water.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Having been restored; healed
After the treatment he felt whole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An animal's hollowed-out habitation, such as a burrow.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Having the same parents
A whole sister.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An ugly, squalid, or depressing dwelling.
May 29, 2018

Whole

A number, group, set, or thing lacking no part or element; a complete thing.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A deep or isolated place of confinement; a dungeon.
May 29, 2018

Whole

An entity or system made up of interrelated parts
The value of the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An awkward situation; a predicament.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Entirely; wholly
A whole new idea.
May 29, 2018

Hole

The small pit lined with a cup into which a golf ball must be hit.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Entire, undivided.
I ate a whole fish.
May 29, 2018

Hole

One of the divisions of a golf course, from tee to cup.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Used as an intensifier.
I brought a whole lot of balloons for the party.
She ate a whole bunch of french fries.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(Physics) A vacant position in an atom left by the absence of a valence electron, especially a position in a semiconductor that acts as a carrier of positive electric charge. Also called electron hole.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Sound, uninjured, healthy.
He is of whole mind, but the same cannot be said about his physical state.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To put a hole in.
May 29, 2018

Whole

(of food) From which none of its constituents has been removed.
Whole wheat; whole milk
May 29, 2018

Hole

To put or propel into a hole.
May 29, 2018

Whole

(mining) As yet unworked.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To make a hole in something.
May 29, 2018

Whole

(colloquial) In entirety; entirely; wholly.
I ate a fish whole!
May 29, 2018

Hole

A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; a dent; a depression; a fissure.
I made a blind hole in the wall for a peg.
I dug a hole and planted a tree in it.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Something complete, without any parts missing.
This variety of fascinating details didn't fall together into an enjoyable, coherent whole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An opening that goes all the way through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent.
There’s a hole in my shoe.
Her stocking has a hole in it.
May 29, 2018

Whole

An entirety.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(heading) In games.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Containing the total amount, number, etc.; comprising all the parts; free from deficiency; all; total; entire; as, the whole earth; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation.
The whole race of mankind.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(golf) A subsurface standard-size hole, also called cup, hitting the ball into which is the object of play. Each hole, of which there are usually eighteen as the standard on a full course, is located on a prepared surface, called the green, of a particular type grass.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Complete; entire; not defective or imperfect; not broken or fractured; unimpaired; uninjured; integral; as, a whole orange; the egg is whole; the vessel is whole.
My life is yet whole in me.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(golf) The part of a game in which a player attempts to hit the ball into one of the holes.
I played 18 holes yesterday.
The second hole today cost me three strokes over par.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Possessing, or being in a state of, heath and soundness; healthy; sound; well.
[She] findeth there her friends hole and sound.
They that be whole need not a physician.
When Sir Lancelot's deadly hurt was whole.
All the whole army stood agazed on him.
One entire and perfect chrysolite.
Lest total darkness should by night regainHer old possession, and extinguish life.
So absolute she seems,And in herself complete.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(baseball) The rear portion of the defensive team between the shortstop and the third baseman.
The shortstop ranged deep into the hole to make the stop.
May 29, 2018

Whole

The entire thing; the entire assemblage of parts; totality; all of a thing, without defect or exception; a thing complete in itself.
"This not the whole of life to live,Nor all of death to die.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(chess) A square on the board, with some positional significance, that a player does not, and cannot in future, control with a friendly pawn.
May 29, 2018

Whole

A regular combination of parts; a system.
Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(stud poker) A card (also called a hole card) dealt face down thus unknown to all but its holder; the status in which such a card is.
May 29, 2018

Whole

All of something including all its component elements or parts;
Europe considered as a whole
The whole of American literature
May 29, 2018

Hole

In the game of fives, part of the floor of the court between the step and the pepperbox.
May 29, 2018

Whole

An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;
How big is that part compared to the whole?
The team is a unit
May 29, 2018

Hole

An excavation pit or trench.
May 29, 2018

Whole

Including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete;
Gave his whole attention
A whole wardrobe for the tropics
The whole hog
A whole week
The baby cried the whole trip home
A whole loaf of bread
May 29, 2018

Hole

(figuratively) A weakness; a flaw or ambiguity.
I have found a hole in your argument.
May 29, 2018

Whole

(of siblings) having the same parents;
Whole brothers and sisters
May 29, 2018

Hole

(informal) A container or receptacle.
Car hole;
Brain hole
May 29, 2018

Whole

Exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health;
Hale and hearty
Whole in mind and body
A whole person again
May 29, 2018

Hole

(physics) In semiconductors, a lack of an electron in an occupied band behaving like a positively charged particle.
May 29, 2018

Whole

To a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly');
He was wholly convinced
Entirely satisfied with the meal
It was completely different from what we expected
Was completely at fault
A totally new situation
The directions were all wrong
It was not altogether her fault
An altogether new approach
A whole new idea
May 29, 2018

Hole

(computing) A security vulnerability in software which can be taken advantage of by an exploit.
May 29, 2018

Whole

A difficult situation
She found herself in a financial hole.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

An orifice, in particular the anus. When used with shut it always refers to the mouth.
Just shut your hole!
May 29, 2018

Hole

Sex, or a sex partner.
Are you going out to get your hole tonight?
May 29, 2018

Hole

Solitary confinement, a high-security prison cell often used as punishment.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(slang) An undesirable place to live or visit.
His apartment is a hole!
May 29, 2018

Hole

(figurative) Difficulty, in particular, debt.
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(graph theory) A chordless cycle in a graph.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A passing loop; a siding provided for trains traveling in opposite directions on a single-track line to pass each other.
We’re supposed to take the hole at Cronk and wait for the Limited to pass.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).
Shrapnel holed the ship's hull.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To destroy.
She completely holed the argument.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(intransitive) To go into a hole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

(transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.
Woods holed a standard three foot putt
May 29, 2018

Hole

(transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.
To hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars
May 29, 2018

Hole

Whole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A hollow place or cavity; an excavation; a pit; an opening in or through a solid body, a fabric, etc.; a perforation; a rent; a fissure.
The holes where eyes should be.
The blind wallsWere full of chinks and holes.
The priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An excavation in the ground, made by an animal to live in, or a natural cavity inhabited by an animal; hence, a low, narrow, or dark lodging or place; a mean habitation.
The foxes have holes, . . . but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
May 29, 2018

Hole

A small cavity used in some games, usually one into which a marble or ball is to be played or driven; hence, a score made by playing a marble or ball into such a hole, as in golf.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in; as, to hole a post for the insertion of rails or bars.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball.
May 29, 2018

Hole

To go or get into a hole.
May 29, 2018

Hole

An opening into or through something
May 29, 2018

Hole

An opening deliberately made in or through something
May 29, 2018

Hole

One playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course;
He played 18 holes
May 29, 2018

Hole

An unoccupied space
May 29, 2018

Hole

A depression hollowed out of solid matter
May 29, 2018

Hole

A fault;
He shot holes in my argument
May 29, 2018

Hole

Informal terms for a difficult situation;
He got into a terrible fix
He made a muddle of his marriage
May 29, 2018

Hole

Informal terms for the mouth
May 29, 2018

Hole

Hit the ball into the hole
May 29, 2018

Hole

Make holes in
May 29, 2018

Hole

An opening through something
He drilled a hole in the wall.
Oct 26, 2023

Hole

A difficult situation
She found herself in a financial hole.
Oct 26, 2023

Common Curiosities

Are there idioms using "whole"?

Yes, such as "the whole nine yards" meaning everything or all of it.
Oct 26, 2023

Is "whole" ever used as a verb?

No, "whole" is typically used as an adjective or noun, not a verb.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "hole" be pluralized?

Yes, the plural form is "holes."
Oct 26, 2023

Are there idioms using "hole"?

Yes, for example, "hole in the wall" often refers to a small, unpretentious place.
Oct 26, 2023

Is "whole" related to health?

Yes, it's often used in contexts like "whole foods" or "whole-body wellness."
Oct 26, 2023

Does "whole" have synonyms?

Yes, such as entire, complete, or intact.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "hole" be used in sports?

Yes, especially in golf where it refers to the target area.
Oct 26, 2023

Does "whole" imply something positive?

Generally, yes. It often has a positive connotation of completeness.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "hole" refer to a situation?

Yes, it can denote a difficult or unpleasant situation, as in "dig oneself into a hole."
Oct 26, 2023

Does "hole" have synonyms?

Yes, synonyms include opening, gap, or cavity.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "whole" be used in mathematics?

Yes, as in "whole numbers," referring to non-fractional numbers.
Oct 26, 2023

Are "whole" and "hole" homophones?

Yes, they sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "whole" indicate physical health?

Yes, it can imply being uninjured or undamaged.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "hole" imply something missing?

Yes, it often indicates the absence of material or space.
Oct 26, 2023

Can "hole" have a negative connotation?

Sometimes, particularly when it refers to deficits or problems.
Oct 26, 2023

Share Your Discovery

Share via Social Media
Embed This Content
Embed Code
Share Directly via Messenger
Link
Previous Comparison
Jeez vs. Geez

Popular Comparisons

Featured Comparisons

Trending Comparisons

New Comparisons

Trending Terms