Definition of “whoever” - English Dictionary

“whoever” in British English

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whoeverpronoun

uk /huːˈev.ər/ us /huːˈev.ɚ/

whoever pronoun (PERSON)

B2 the person who:

Whoever uprooted that tree ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Could I speak to whoever is in charge of International Sales, please?

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whoever pronoun (ANYONE)

B2 any person who:

Can whoever leaves last please lock the door?
He says he bought the car from Frank, whoever Frank is. (= I do not know who Frank is.)

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whoever pronoun (SURPRISE)

used in questions as a way of expressing surprise:

Whoever told you that?
Whoever could that be phoning at this time?

(Definition of “whoever” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“whoever” in American English

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whoeverpronoun

us /huˈev·ər/

whoever pronoun (PERSON)

the person who:

Whoever broke the window will have to pay for it.
Note: In formal speech or writing, "whomever" is the form of "whoever" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.

whoever pronoun (ANYONE)

any person who:

The picketers were shouting at whoever entered the building.
Whoever they are, I don’t want to see them!
Note: In formal speech or writing, "whomever" is the form of "whoever" used when it is the object of a verb or preposition.

whoever pronoun (WHAT PERSON)

(used in place of who for emphasis in questions) what person or persons:

Whoever would believe such a ridiculous story?

(Definition of “whoever” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)