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whoever

[hoo-ev-er] /huˈɛv ər/
pronoun, possessive whosever; objective whomever.
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
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see who, ever
Can be confused
whoever, whomever.
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British Dictionary definitions for who-ever

whoever

/huːˈɛvə/
pronoun
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
3.
an intensive form of who, used in questions whoever could have thought that?
4.
(informal) an unknown or unspecified person give those to John, or Cathy, or whoever
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Word Origin and History for who-ever

whoever

late Old English hwa efre.

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