• "'Who'll buy?'"
    "'Who'll buy?'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n WHO a United Nations agency to coordinate international health activities and to help governments improve health services
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary." "He saw an old man, who seemed to be very weary."
A man stands over Que, who is asleep on his mailbag A man stands over Que, who is asleep on his mailbag
Seeing the Poor Devils Who Had Gone Broke 166 Seeing the Poor Devils Who Had Gone Broke 166
Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine
The queer old lady who went to college The queer old lady who went to college
The Dolphin who Came Late The Dolphin who Came Late

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The biggest candy eaters are the Dutch, who average 65 pounds of candy per person in a year
    • Who One; any; one. "As who should say , it were a very dangerous matter if a man in any point should be found wiser than his forefathers were."
    • Who Originally, an interrogative pronoun, later, a relative pronoun also; -- used always substantively, and either as singular or plural. See the Note under What pron., 1. As interrogative pronouns, who and whom ask the question: What or which person or persons? Who and whom, as relative pronouns (in the sense of that), are properly used of persons (corresponding to which, as applied to things), but are sometimes, less properly and now rarely, used of animals, plants, etc. Who and whom, as compound relatives, are also used especially of persons, meaning the person that; the persons that; the one that; whosoever. "Let who will be President.""He] should not tell whose children they were.""There thou tell'st of kings, and who aspire; Who fall, who rise, who triumph, who do moan.""Adders who with cloven tongues
      Do hiss into madness."
      "Whom I could pity thus forlorn.""How hard is our fate, who serve in the state.""Who cheapens life, abates the fear of death.""The brace of large greyhounds, who were the companions of his sports."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Women who drink more than two cups of coffee a day have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis
    • who Denoting a personal object of inquiry: What man or woman? what person? Who is declined, in both singular and plural alike, with the possessive (genitive) whose and the objective (dative or accusative) whom: as, who told you so? whose book is this? of whom are you speaking?
    • who In certain special uses who appears
    • who Inquiring as to the character, origin, or status of a person: as, who is this man? (that is, what are his antecedents, his social standing, etc.); who are we (what sort of persons are we) that we should condemn him?
    • who In exclamatory sentences, interrogative in form but expecting or admitting no reply: as, who would ever have suspected it!
    • who Introducing a dependent clause, and noting as antecedent a subject, object, or other factor, expressed or understood, in a clause actually or logically preceding. With reference to the clause following, the relative may introduce
    • who The antecedent is sometimes omitted, being implied in the pronoun, which is in this case usually called a compound relative.
    • who A clause dependent in form, but adding a distinct idea. Here the relative force is almost entirely lost, who becoming equivalent to and with a demonstrative pronoun.
    • who With reference to gender, who originally noted a masculine or feminine antecedent, whether human, animate, or other, the neuter being what; and whose, the possessive (genitive)of who, was also that of what, and is still correctly used of a neuter antecedent (see what). Moreover, before the appearance of the possessive its, whose place was filled by the neuter his (see he, I., C. ), not only were neuter objects designated in the two other cases by he and him, but who and whom were sometimes substituted for that as the nominative and objective of the neuter relative (see the quotation from Puttenham). In modern use, however, who and whom are applied regularly to persons, frequently to animals, and sometimes even to inanimate things when represented with some of the attributes of humanity, as in personification or vivid description.
    • who With reference to the nature of its antecedent, who may note
    • who a particular or determinate person or thing (see ); or.
    • who an indefinite antecedent, in which case who has the force of whoso, whosoever, or whoever, and is called an indefinite relative. Its antecedent may be expressed, or it may be a compound relative.
    • who Synonyms Who, which, and that agree in being relatives, and are more or less interchangeable as such; but who is used chiefly of persons (though also often of the higher animals), which almost only of animals and things (in old English also of persons), and that indifferently of either, except after a preposition, where only who or which can stand. Some recent authorities teach that only that should be used when the relative clause is limiting or defining: as, the man that runs fastest wins the race; but who or which when it is descriptive or coördinating: as, this man, who ran fastest, won the race; but, though present usage is perhaps tending in the direction of such a distinction, it neither has been nor is a rule of English speech, nor is it likely to become one, especially on account of the impossibility of setting that after a preposition; for to turn all relative clauses into the form “the house that Jack lived in” (instead of “the house in which Jack lived”) would be intolerable. In good punctuation the defining relative is distinguished (as in the examples above), by never taking a comma before it, whether it be who or which or that. Wherever that could be properly used, but only there, the relative may be, and very often is, omitted altogether: thus, the house Jack built or lived in; the man (or the purpose) he built it for. The adjective clause introduced by a relative may qualify a noun in any way in which an adjective or adjective phrase, either attributive or appositional can qualify it, and has sometimes a pregnant implication of one or another kind: as, why punish this man, who is innocent? i. e. seeing, or although, he is innocent (= this innocent man). But a relative is also not rarely made use of to add a coördinate statement, being equivalent to and with a following pronoun: as, I studied geometry, which I found difficult (and [I] found it difficult); I met a friend, who kindly showed me the way (and he kindly, etc.). This way of employing the relative is by some regarded as a Latinism, and condemned; it is restricted to who and which.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest woman in the world is American Sandy Allen who is 7 feet 7 inches
    • pron Who hōō (both rel. and interrog.) what person? which person
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  • Barbara Sher
    “And our dreams are who we are.”
  • Seneca
    “He is a king who fears nothing, he is a king who desires nothing!”
  • John Sterling
    John Sterling
    “There is no lie that a man will not believe; and there is no man who does not believe many lies; and there is no man who believes only lies.”
  • Paul Geraldy
    Paul Geraldy
    “It is the woman who chooses the man who will choose her.”
  • Henry L. Doherty
    Henry L. Doherty
    “Those who do the most for the world's advancement are the ones who demand the least.”
  • Proverb
    “The one who wills is the one who can.”


He who hesitates is lost - If one waits too long, the opportunity vanishes.
He who laughs last laughs longest - A person may feel satisfied or pleased when they d something bad or unfair to you, but if you can get revenge, you will feel more satisfaction.('He who laughs last laughs best' is also used, and 'he' is sometimes omitted.)
None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
People who live in glass houses should not throw stones - People should not criticize other people for faults that they have themselves.
Who has eaten of the pot knows the taste of the broth - Experience is the best teacher.
Who wears the pants? - (USA) The person who wears the pants in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
Who wears the trousers? - (UK) The person who wears the trousers in a relationship is the dominant person who controls things.
Who will ring the bell? - 'Who will ring the bell?' asks who will assume the responsibility to help us out of a difficult situation.
With friends like that, who needs enemies? - This expression is used when people behave badly or treat someone badly that they are supposed to be friends with.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. who, wha, AS. hwā, interrogative pron., neut. hwæt,; akin to OFries. hwa, neut. hwet, OS. hwē, neut. hwat, D. wie, neut. wat, G. wer, neut. was, OHG. wer, hwer, neut. waz, hwaz, Icel. hvat, neut., Dan. hvo, neut. hvad, Sw. ho, hvem, neut. hvad, Goth. hwas, fem. hwō, neut. hwa, Lith. kas, Ir. & Gael. co, W. pwy, L. quod, neuter of qui, Gr. po`teros whether, Skr. kas,. √182. Cf. How Quantity Quorum Quote Ubiquity What When Where Whether Which Whither Whom Why
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwá; cog. with Goth. hwas, Ice. hver, Ger. wer; also with Sans. kas, Gr. pos, L. quis.


In literature:

How different the man who comes out in the open, who has no secrets, who reveals his heart to us, and who is frank, broad and liberal!
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
A CAPTAIN, who is to fight any gentleman who is peevish for losing his money.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
His partner was Charles S. Boker, who had a son, George, who will often be mentioned in these Memoirs.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Once with her and another lady, who was fond of talking and who had read "the fathers," they spoke much of God.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Metrodorus, a minister, who preached boldly; and Pionius, who made some excellent apologies for the christian faith; were likewise burnt.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Lorand pitied the poor creature, who, dressed in silks and finery, did not know her letters, and who was incapable of raising her voice to God.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The gentleman who had cross-examined her on the part of Joseph Mason, and who was now dead, had failed to shake her evidence.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
There were slave-owners who were kind, and slave-owners who were cruel.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
He who hears you, hears me; he who rejects you, rejects me; he who rejects me, rejects him who sent me.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
The people who owned the shares were the ones who owned the tools.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Who true bushmen are,
Who true bushmen are,
And may they always meet good friends as we bushmen are.
"The Bushman" by Anonymous Oceania
Be all due honours paid,
To him, the world, who made —
To him, who sav'd it, lost,
And to the Holy Ghost! Amen.
"Thanks For Our Election, And Several Spiritual Gifts" by Rees Prichard
God, forgive and give,
For His sake who died?
Nay, for ours who live,
How shall we forgive
Thee, then, on our side?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day,
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting things away.
"The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks
Who is He whose hand hath led
Day from its reposing-bed?
Who is He that bids the night
Fly the calm approach of light?
"Morning Hymn" by John Bowring
For whom, O heavenly singer,
Thy song so clear and free?
Who hears or sees or heeds thee,
Who feels or cares for thee?
"In The Wilderness" by Morris Rosenfeld

In news:

While the Oscars don't necessarily take their lead from the BAFTAs , there may be a few conclusions we can draw from who was included (and who was omitted) from the nominees.
LOS ANGELES—Men who go bald in their early 20s have a doubled risk of developing prostate cancer, but those who lose hair in their 30s and 40s apparently are not at greater risk, French researchers reported this week.
0Police in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Are searching for a gunman who they say fired into a crowded bar and then shot people as they ran out, leaving 17 people injured, including two who were critically hurt.
The man, who was not named by authorities, reportedly contacted local officials who then called the state.
In Who's Who entries, it follows fast on the heels of one's profession.
Anyone in the land who doesn't know who Graham James is.
Readers who wrote about the person who taught them to knit – after reading my Sunday piece on Larissa Brown's book, "My Grandmother's Knitting" – shared colorful stories.
Good news for women who want men who cook and clean.
After writing a tribute to Clem Rawert, who owned and operated Clem 's Backpacking Sports for 25 years in Fairbanks from 1970-95, in Thursday's outdoors section, I received an email from Matt VanEnkevort, who grew up in Fairbanks.
There are engineers, the VCs who fund them in polo shirts with blazers on the backs of their office doors, and the bloggers who cover them.
During the hearing, prosecutors revealed that two al-Qaeda leaders who met with Zazi and his cohorts in Pakistan were Saleh al-Somali and Rashid Rauf, who both died in US air strikes over the past year.
Who is the better parent — the one who disciplines, sets limits and guidelines, or the one who lets you do what you want.
"We went from children who were afraid of gunshots to now children who were gunshots," says Beah who became separated from his family at just 12 years old when his town was attacked.
There are runners who rock and rockers who run – and then there is Brooklyn running blogger Erin Sholl, aka "Lady Southpaw," who does both.
"I said something about white liberals are the ones who are who, who raise these questions about who is paying etc," Barry said.

In science:

It is aimed mainly at two groups of physicists, those who work on quantum chaos in fields different from nuclear physics, and nuclear physicists who wish to learn about RMT and chaos in nuclei.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
Two notable exceptions are Boyd et al. , who study the asymptotic behavior of the random consensus value in the special case of symmetric networks, and Tahbaz-Salehi and Jadbabaie , who compute the mean and variance of the consensus value for general i.i.d. graph processes.
On Asymptotic Consensus Value in Directed Random Networks
Most of these networks are directed, i. e. there is a directional relationship between two elements defining who influences who in a given order.
Exploring the randomness of Directed Acyclic Networks
Fisher who introduced the crucial idea of “infinite disorder” fixed point where the method becomes asymptotically exact, and who computed explicitly exact critical exponents and scaling functions for one-dimensional disordered quantum spin chains .
Random elastic networks : strong disorder renormalization approach
Yij is the difference between the number of people who migrated from state i to state j in 2007 and the number who migrated from i to j in 2006.
Statistical Inference for Valued-Edge Networks: Generalized Exponential Random Graph Models