whoever

pronoun who·ev·er \ hü-ˈe-vər \

Definition of whoever

: whatever person : no matter who used in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive
  • sells to whoever has the money to buy

Examples of whoever in a Sentence

  1. A prize will be given to whoever solves the riddle.

  2. Whoever wants to come along is welcome to join us.

  3. He's an honest man, whoever his friends might be.

  4. Whoever did this will be held accountable.

First Known Use of whoever

13th century

in the meaning defined above

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WHOEVER Defined for English Language Learners

whoever

Definition of whoever for English Language Learners

  • : whatever person : any person at all

  • —used in questions that express surprise or confusion


WHOEVER Defined for Kids

whoever

pronoun who·ev·er \ hü-ˈe-vər \

Definition of whoever for Students

: whatever person
  • Whoever wants a snack must tell me now.


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