- (the possessive case of whoever used as an adjective): Whosever wagon this is, get it out of here. Whosever is this ridiculous hat?
- the one or ones belonging to whomever: Whosever will win, do you think?
Origin of whosever
- whatever person; anyone that: Whoever did it should be proud. Ask whoever is there. Tell it to whomever you like.
- no matter who: I won't do it, whoever asks.
- who? what person? (used to express astonishment, disbelief, disdain, etc.): Whoever is that? Whoever told you such a thing?
Origin of whoever
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Examples from the Web for whosever
To be sure it was to Paul alone, that by the voice, whosever it was, any address was made.Not Paul, But Jesus
The phrase of whichever (of whichsoever) is used instead of whosever exactly as of which is used instead of whose ( 152).An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises
George Lyman Kittredge
One glance showed Mary that the letter, whosever it was, had brought unusual news.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor
Annie Fellows Johnston
- any person who; anyone thatwhoever wants it can have it
- no matter whoI'll come round tomorrow, whoever may be here
- an intensive form of who, used in questionswhoever could have thought that?
- informal an unknown or unspecified persongive those to John, or Cathy, or whoever
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Word Origin and History for whosever
late Old English hwa efre.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper