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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 of whoever
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English; see who, ever
Can be confused
whoever, whomever.
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  • He should have her yet, whoever might object: she should belong to him, whether she would or not.

  • whoever she might be, wherever she was, she might know what to expect should she be discovered.

  • whoever will slander in politics, will slander in personal squabbles.

    Twelve Causes of Dishonesty Henry Ward Beecher
  • whoever is in need of help the world over, by that token has a claim on us.

  • Then Junius, whoever he was, never published a syllable of the Letters.

    Junius Unmasked Joel Moody
British Dictionary definitions for whoever

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 whoever

late Old English hwa efre.

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