whois

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Translingual[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English who + is.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK English) IPA(key): /ˈhuːˌɪz/

Noun[edit]

whois

  1. (Internet) An Internet protocol for finding information about Internet servers and domains.
  2. (Internet) An Internet protocol for finding information about a currently-online IRC user.
  3. Any computer program (client) used for accessing information via a whois protocol.

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK English) IPA(key): /ˈhuːˌɪz/

Noun[edit]

whois (usually uncountable, plural whoises)

  1. whois

Verb[edit]

whois (third-person singular simple present whoises, present participle whoising, simple past and past participle whoised)

  1. (Internet, transitive) To look up using a whois protocol.
    We whoised the domain to find out who was sending the spam.
    • 2003, "Joel", Re: A whois addon (on newsgroup alt.irc.dalnet)
      That seems to be an undocumented feature, but makes perfect sense. Of course, that wouldn't prevent you from whoising 20 people at once, which could be a problem.