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[hwich-ev-er, wich-]
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  1. any one that: Take whichever you like.
  2. no matter which: Whichever you choose, the others will be offended.
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  1. no matter which: whichever day; whichever ones you choose.
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Origin of whichever

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at which, ever
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Related Words for whichever

whatever, that, whichever

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Contemporary Examples of whichever

Historical Examples of whichever

  • He said, 'Throw your handkerchief to whichever of us you love.'


    William J. Locke

  • Whichever it was, that was all that I was fated to see or hear of the Opera.

  • "Use it on whichever of us gets the first snake bite," said Linda.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And whichever of them drank only so much as a drop of it was turned from an old man into a youth.

  • Whichever of you is killed—his death will be put down to the account of the Circassians.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

British Dictionary definitions for whichever


    1. any (one, two, etc, out of several)take whichever car you like
    2. (as pronoun)choose whichever appeals to you
    1. no matter which (one or ones)whichever card you pick you'll still be making a mistake
    2. (as pronoun)it won't make any difference, whichever comes first
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Word Origin and History for whichever


late 14c., from which + ever.

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