whoever

[hoo-ev-er]
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:
1125–75; Middle English; see who, ever

whoever, whomever.
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whoever (huːˈɛvə)
 
pron
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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whoever
late O.E. hwa efre.
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Example sentences
Whoever introduced hops to beer for the first time found that there were a
  preserving quality to the addition.
Whoever finished first would be the head of the cycle.
But the alternative is testing on humans or letting the disease take whoever it
  wants.
Both you and the sailor would have equal claim to being right-the motion of the
  rock is relative to whoever is observing it.
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