whose

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whos, from Old English hwæs, from Proto-Germanic *hwes, genitive case of *hwaz(who, what).

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Determiner[edit]

whose

  1. (interrogative) Of whom, belonging to whom.
    Whose wallet is this?
  2. (relative) Of whom, belonging to whom.
    This is the man whose dog caused the accident.‎ (=This man's dog caused the accident.)
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in 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. (relative) Of which, belonging to which.
    We saw several houses whose roofs are falling off.‎ (=The roofs are falling off several houses that we saw.)

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Pronoun[edit]

whose

  1. (interrogative) Of whom, belonging to whom.
    Whose is this book?
    He does not know whose this is.

Statistics[edit]

Most common English words before 1923: woman · want · home · #234: whose · words · given · hands