whoever etymology

English word whoever comes from English who, English ever

Detailed word origin of whoever

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
who English (eng) A person under discussion; a question of which person. (interrogative) What is one's position; asks whether someone deserves to say or do something.. (interrogative) What person or people; which person or people; asks for the identity of someone. (used in a direct or indirect question). (relative) The person or people that.. (relative, archaic) Whoever, he who, they who.
ever English (eng) (epidemiology) Occurring at any time, occurring even but once during a timespan. (informal) As intensifier following an interrogative word.. Always.. At any time.. In any way. (dialectal, and, informal).
whoever English (eng) An emphatic form of who.. No matter who.. Whatever person or persons.

Words with the same origin as whoever

Descendants of who