Is Why not more? correct, or should it be Why no more? What does it mean, then?

Why don't you want anymore of something?

Or the opposite:

Why not having some more of something?

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    There are problems with both your paraphrases. Any more is not usually written as one word (some people do write it as one word when it means no longer, eg "I don't go there anymore", but I don't think anybody would in a case like this). And Why not having... is not idiomatic. Why (unlike the other question words) can take a verb in the base form, but not the "-ing" form; so Why not have more of something?
    – Colin Fine
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 21:46

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Note that neither of these phrases is a full sentence. Both are responses to something that has been stated. Exactly what they mean depends on the context, so one can only give examples of their possible use.

A: I'm afraid that I can only offer you less than you require.
B: Why not more?

So B is asking why it is not possible to obtain more of the product concerned.

A: No fuel supplies will be available from tomorrow.
B: Why no more?

Here B's response could mean either why will there be no further fuel supplies or why will they no longer be available.

It's a question of context.

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