whose

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Etymology[edit]

Genitive of who, from Old English hwæs, the genitive of hwa, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis

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whose

  1. Of whom, belonging to whom; used as an interrogative pronoun.
    Whose wallet is this?
  2. Of whom, belonging to whom; used as a relative pronoun.
    This is the man whose dog caused the accident. (=This man's dog caused the accident.)
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. [] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
  3. (formerly proscribed) Of which, belonging to which; used as a relative pronoun.
    We saw several houses whose roofs are falling off. (=The roofs are falling off several houses we saw.)

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