Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. The possessive form of who.
  • adj. The possessive form of which.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Of whom, belonging to whom; used as an interrogative pronoun.
  • pro. Of whom, belonging to whom; used as a relative pronoun.
  • pro. Of which, belonging to which; used as a relative pronoun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pro. The possessive case of who or which. See who, and which.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See who and what.

Etymologies

Middle English whos, from Old English hwæs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Genitive of who, from Old English hwæs, the genitive of hwa, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the conjoint relation plain whose is always used, as in “whose hat is that?

    Chapter 9. The Common Speech. 4. The Pronoun

  • The horse in the light of an useful beast, fit for the plough, the road, the draft; in every social useful light, the horse has nothing sublime; but is it thus that we are affected with him, _whose neck is clothed with thunder, the glory of whose nostrils is terrible, who swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage, neither believeth that it is the sound of the trumpet_?

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 01 (of 12)

  • A nation whose ships are shut out from every port, and whose* envoys are exel uded from every Cabinet! — a StatQ which has lost all political influence, which has not a single ally, which is, in short, reduced to carry on a smuggling trade with great squa - drons, as the only means which remains for enabling its merchants to get rid of a part of their merchandizes!

    The Situation of Great Britain, in the Year 1811

  • Money is trickling back to the labels: A label whose videos rack up 10 million streams on Vevo could collect around $70,000.

    Beyond 'Thriller': Reinventing The Music Video

  • No oracular revelations, though I did enjoy his definition of merchant banking, a term whose meaning had always eluded me.

    The Rise and Fall of Bear Stearns

  • There are, it seems, still women prepared to pay €3,000 (£2,600) for a fox-trimmed suede skirt or €75 (£65) for a small milk jug, even from a label whose lustre could do with a polish.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • It was oversized and it was utilitarian as you would expect from Acne - after all this is a label whose heart lies in the wearable and thus the covetable.

    NYT > Home Page

  • A label whose status rested on the genius of a designer who died in 2010 has been transformed, in a few days, into the house that owns event-dressing in 2011.

    The Guardian World News

  • If there's anyone you'd want running a radio station then it's Domino Records, the label whose roster boasts everyone from Austra and Arctic Monkeys to Tricky and Robert Wyatt.

    The Guardian World News

  • Or another version of the word whose roots go back to the Indo-European for “animal hide” and whose worldwide storytelling future is assured in Global English.

    The English Is Coming!

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