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whoever

Class:

pronoun

Etymology:

late Old English hwa efre.
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

whoever | whomever [objective] | whomsoever [archaic, formal, objective] | whoso [archaic] | whosoever [archaic, formal] | whosoe'er [literary] | whoe'er [literary]

any person who; anyone that | no matter who | an intensive form of "who", used in questions | [informal] an unknown or unspecified person (22 of 419 words, 4 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whoever

Wiktionary:

whoever | whomsoever [formal, objective case]

Whatever person or persons. (4 of 394 words, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/whoever

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whoever | or whoever | whoever someone is

someone or anyone who does a particular thing or is in a particular situation | used for saying that it does not matter who is involved in something ... (27 of 268 words, 5 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whoever

Oxford Dictionary:

whoever | whoe'er [literary, abbreviation] | whoso [archaic] | whosoever [formal]

the person or people who; any person who | regardless of who | used for emphasis instead of "who" in questions, typically expressing surprise or ... (23 of 90 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/whoever

Merriam-Webster:

whoever | whomever [objective case] | whomso [objective case, whoever] | whoso [objective case, whoever] | whomsoever [objective case, whoever] | whosoever [objective case, whoever]

whatever person; no matter who [used in any grammatical relation except that of a possessive] (15 of 85 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/whoever

Random House Dictionary:

whoever | whoe'er [literary, abbreviation] | whomever [objective case]

whatever person; anyone that. | no matter who. | who? what person? (used to express astonishment, disbelief, disdain, etc.). (17 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/whoever

Cambridge Dictionary:

whoever [entry 1] | whosoever [outdated]

the person who (3 of 30 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whoever 1

whoever [entry 2]

any person who (3 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whoever 2

whoever [entry 3]

used in questions as a way of expressing surprise (9 of 26 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whoever 3

New World Dictionary:

whoever | whomever

any person that; whatever person | no matter what person | what person? who?: an emphatic interrogative (15 of 33 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whoever

American Heritage Dictionary:

whoever | whomever [objective case] | whomsoever [objective case] | whosoever [objective case]

Whatever person or persons | Who ; See Usage Notes at whatever, who. (12 of 26 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whoever

Encarta Dictionary:

whoever

used to introduce an emphatic question indicating surprise or disbelief | used to indicate a person or people whose identity is not known | used to ... (24 of 80 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861713013​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

whoever

Origin: late Old English hwa efre.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=whoever

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

whoever

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whoever"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/whoever

Macmillan American Dictionary:

whoever

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whoever"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/whoever

Macmillan British Dictionary:

whoever

Audio: British English pronunciation of "whoever"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/whoever

Cambridge Dictionary:

whoever [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "whoever"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "whoever"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/whoever 2

the Free Dictionary:

whoever

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "whoever"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "whoever"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "whoever" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/whoever

Google Dictionary:

whoever

Audio: English pronunciation of "whoever"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=whoever

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

whoever

Audio: North American pronunciation of "whoever"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=whoeve​01 word=whoever

YourDictionary Audio:

whoever

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "whoever" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/whoever

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