whoever

[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.
  3. 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
Can be confusedwhoever whomever
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whoever

pronoun
  1. any person who; anyone thatwhoever wants it can have it
  2. no matter whoI'll come round tomorrow, whoever may be here
  3. an intensive form of who, used in questionswhoever could have thought that?
  4. informal an unknown or unspecified persongive those to John, or Cathy, or whoever
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Word Origin and History for whoever

late Old English hwa efre.

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