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[hwich-ev-er, wich-] /ʰwɪtʃˈɛv ər, wɪtʃ-/
any one that:
Take whichever you like.
no matter which:
Whichever you choose, the others will be offended.
no matter which:
whichever day; whichever ones you choose.
Origin of whichever
1350-1400; Middle English; see which, ever Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In whichever direction the footsteps may incline, one is brought before the last mementos of the choicest dust of England.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • He said, 'Throw your handkerchief to whichever of us you love.'

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • whichever his fancy dictated, for us it was the Devil's choice.

    S.O.S. Stand to! Reginald Grant
  • And whichever of them drank only so much as a drop of it was turned from an old man into a youth.

  • We may read off the result as “No x are y′”, or “No y′ are x,” whichever we prefer.

    Symbolic Logic Lewis Carroll
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whichever

late 14c., from which + ever.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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