whoever

pronoun

who·​ev·​er hü-ˈe-vər How to pronounce whoever (audio)
: whatever person : no matter who
used in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive
sells to whoever has the money to buy

Example Sentences

A prize will be given to whoever solves the riddle. Whoever wants to come along is welcome to join us. He's an honest man, whoever his friends might be. Whoever did this will be held accountable.

Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whoever was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Whoever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whoever. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

whoever

pronoun

who·​ev·​er hü-ˈev-ər How to pronounce whoever (audio)
: whatever person
whoever wants to come along must be ready

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