Whose meaning

ho͝oz
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.)

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That or those belonging to whom.

Whose is this? whose will look best?

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Of whom, belonging to whom; used as an interrogative pronoun.

Whose wallet is this?

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(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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Of, belonging to, made by, or done by whom or which.

Whose book is lost? a song whose popularity endures.

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Whose is the question word used to ask to whom a thing or things belongs.

An example of whose is when you find a dog without an owner and you ask who the owner is.

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Origin of whose

  • Middle English whos from Old English hwæs kwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Genitive of who, from Old English hwæs, the genitive of hwa, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·is

    From Wiktionary