[ hoo-ev-er ]
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pronoun;possessive whos·ev·er;objective whom·ev·er.
  1. whatever person; anyone that: Whoever did it should be proud. Ask whoever is there. Tell it to whomever you like.

  2. no matter who: I won't do it, whoever asks.

  1. who? what person? (used to express astonishment, disbelief, disdain, etc.): Whoever is that? Whoever told you such a thing?

Origin of whoever

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at who, ever

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British Dictionary definitions for whoever


/ (huːˈɛvə) /

  1. any person who; anyone that: whoever wants it can have it

  2. no matter who: I'll come round tomorrow, whoever may be here

  1. an intensive form of who, used in questions: whoever could have thought that?

  2. informal an unknown or unspecified person: give those to John, or Cathy, or whoever

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