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  1. (the possessive case of whoever used as an adjective): Whosever wagon this is, get it out of here. Whosever is this ridiculous hat?
  2. the one or ones belonging to whomever: Whosever will win, do you think?
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Origin of whosever

First recorded in 1730–40; whose + ever


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?
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Origin of whoever

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at who, ever
Can be confusedwhoever whomever
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Examples from the Web for whosever

Historical Examples

  • To be sure it was to Paul alone, that by the voice, whosever it was, any address was made.

    Not Paul, But Jesus

    Jeremy Bentham

  • The phrase of whichever (of whichsoever) is used instead of whosever exactly as of which is used instead of whose ( 152).

  • One glance showed Mary that the letter, whosever it was, had brought unusual news.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor

    Annie Fellows Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for whosever


  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 whosever


late Old English hwa efre.

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