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1. Whatever person or persons: Whoever comes will be welcomed.
2. Who: Whoever could have dreamed of such a thing? See Usage Notes at whatever, who.


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.


(huˈɛv ər)

pron. possessive whos•ev•er, objective whom•ev•er.
1. whatever person; anyone that: Whoever did it should be proud.
2. no matter who: I won't do it, whoever asks.
3. who? what person? (used to express astonishment): Whoever told you that?


1. used in statements

You use whoever to refer to any person involved in the kind of situation you are describing.

You can have whoever you like to visit you.
Whoever is the last to leave should lock the door.

You also use whoever to refer to someone whose identity you do not know.

Whoever answered the telephone was a very charming woman.

You also use whoever to say that the identity of someone will not affect a situation.

Whoever you vote for, prices will go on rising.
2. used in questions

Whoever is sometimes used when asking questions, in order to express surprise.

Whoever could that be, calling so late?

However, many people consider this form to be incorrect, and it is better to write who ever as two separate words.

Who ever told you that?
أي شَخْصٍ ، لا يَهِمُّ منكُل من، أيّاً كانكُلُّ مَنْ
der endhvemhvem der endhvem som helstuanset hvem
kuka tahansa
akárkiaki csakugyan ki?
hverhver semsama hver
누구든~하는 사람
ten, kto
vem som än
hangi kişiistediğin kişikimkim ...-sekim olursa olsun
bất cứ ai


[huːˈevəʳ] PRON
1. (= no matter who, anyone that) it won't be easy, whoever does itno será fácil, no importa quién lo haga
whoever finds it can keep itquienquiera que lo encuentre puede quedarse con él, el/la que lo encuentre que se lo quede
I'll talk to whoever it ishablaré con quien sea
ask whoever you likepregúntaselo a cualquiera
2. (= the person that) whoever said that is an idiotquien haya dicho eso es un imbécil, quienquiera que haya dicho eso es un imbécil
3. (in questions) → quién
whoever told you that?¿quién te dijo eso?


(subject of clause) whoever finds it → quiconque le trouve
Whoever wins this year is going to be famous for life → Quiconque gagnera cette année sera célèbre pendant toute sa vie.
Everybody here, whoever they are, is at risk of being taken hostage → Chacun ici, qui que ce soit, court le risque d'être pris en otage.
Whoever was responsible for this crime is a dangerous man → Qui que soit l'auteur de ce crime, il s'agit d'un homme dangereux.
[+ object of clause] whoever he marries → qui que soit celle qu'il épousera
ask whoever you like → demandez à qui vous voulez
You can ask whoever you like to visit you → Vous pouvez demander à qui vous voulez de vous rendre visite.
with whoever → avec qui
We should be free to negotiate with whoever we want → Nous devrions être libres de négocier avec qui nous voulons.
(for emphasis)qui donc
Whoever told you that? → Qui a bien pu vous dire ça?, Qui donc vous a dit ça?


pronwer (auch immer); (acc) → wen (auch immer); (dat) → wem (auch immer); (= no matter who)einerlei or ganz gleich or egal (inf)wer/wen/wem; whoever told you that?wer hat dir das denn (bloß) gesagt?


[huːˈɛvəʳ] pron
a. (the person that, anyone that) → chiunque + sub, chi; (no matter who) → chiunque + sub
whoever said that was an idiot → chiunque l'abbia detto or chi l'ha detto è un idiota
whoever finds it → chiunque lo trovi
ask whoever you like → chiedi a chiunque
it won't be easy, whoever does it → non sarà facile, chiunque lo faccia
whoever she marries → chiunque lei sposi
b. (in questions) → chi (mai)
whoever told you that? → chi (mai) te l'ha detto?


(huː) pronoun
(used as the subject of a verb) what person(s)(?). Who is that woman in the green hat?; Who did that?; Who won?; Do you know who all these people are?
relative pronoun
1. (used to refer to a person or people mentioned previously to distinguish him or them from others. used as the subject of a verb: usually replaceable by that) (the) one(s) that: The man who/that telephoned was a friend of yours; A doctor is a person who looks after people's health.
2. used, after a comma, to introduce a further comment on a person or people. His mother, who was so proud, gave him a hug.
whoˈever relative pronoun
any person or people that. Whoever gets the job will have a lot of work to do.
1. no matter who. Whoever rings, tell him/them I'm out.
2. (also who ever) used in questions to express surprise etc. Whoever said that?
whom (huːm) pronoun
(used as the object of a verb or preposition, but in everyday speech sometimes replaced by who) what person(s)(?). Whom/who do you want to see?; Whom/who did you give it to?; To whom shall I speak?
relative pronoun
(used as the object of a verb or preposition but in everyday speech sometimes replaced by who).
1. (used to refer to a person or people mentioned previously, to distinguish him or them from others. able to be omitted or replaced by that except when following a preposition) (the) one(s) that: The man (whom/that) you mentioned is here; Today I met some friends (whom/that) I hadn't seen for ages; This is the man to whom I gave it; This is the man (whom/who/that) I gave it to.
2. used, after a comma, to introduce a further comment on a person or people. His mother, who was so proud of him, gave him a hug.
know who's who
to know which people are important.


كُلُّ مَنْ kdokoli uanset hvem Wer auch immer οποιοσδήποτε quien, sea quien sea kuka tahansa n'importe qui tkogod chiunque 誰でも 누구든~하는 사람 wie uansett krokolwiek quem quer que, seja quem for кто бы ни vem som än ใครก็ตาม istediğin kişi bất cứ ai 任何人
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It was very sweet, and I'm much obliged to whoever translated it for me.
I was only half awake, but I decided that he might take the Cutters' silver, whoever he was.
Whoever comes into the woods to deal with the natives, must use Indian fashions, if he would wish to prosper in his undertakings.
The approaching guest, whoever it might be, appeared to pause at the head of the staircase; he paused twice or thrice in the descent; he paused again at the foot.
Whoever touches it should look well to himself, or he may find the bargain to go hard against him, involving, if not his soul, yet many of its better attributes; its sturdy force, its courage and constancy, its truth, its self-reliance, and all that gives the emphasis to manly character.
Stammering out something, I knew not what, I rolled away from him against the wall, and then conjured him, whoever or whatever he might be, to keep quiet, and let me get up and light the lamp again.
I would rather feel your spine than your skull, whoever you are.
I can trust his word and I can trust his work; he is gentle and clever with the horses, and I would rather have them in charge with him than with half the young fellows I know of in laced hats and liveries; and whoever wants a character of James Howard," said John, with a decided jerk of his head, "let them come to John Manly.
But for the saving of time and fodder, it was the law that cows of that sort came along with the others, and whoever noticed it would tell the boss, and the boss would start up a conversation with the government inspector, and the two would stroll away.
It was said that whoever slept in it would not wake again for fifty years.
Whoever finds one of these hid treasures, it belongs to him.
We deferred our excursion till the afternoon; a golden afternoon of August: every breath from the hills so full of life, that it seemed whoever respired it, though dying, might revive.