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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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  • 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.
  • whoever gets the token in their piece is considered the king-or queen-and becomes responsible for the next king cake.
  • whoever answers the trolley question reveals a moral shortcoming.
  • Moreover whoever is reviewing the cv ought to know the journals and their respective level.
  • whoever reaches the end point with the ball first gets the winnings, usually goods put in a pile before the race begins.
  • whoever thinks snow is white hasn't been in the mountains from dawn through dusk.
  • They truly have something to offer to whoever is listening.
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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