Definition of who's in English:

who's

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  • 1Who is:

    ‘who's that?’
    • ‘Time's up and he turns to the task of waking a nephew who's now snoring into his New York Yankees baseball cap.’
    • ‘My partner, who's a chef too, also takes food home, so there's a lot of variety.’
    • ‘A cynic may say it's the feeling of acceptance that comes over a condemned man who's resigned to his fate.’
    • ‘Women don't mind a man fussing with his hair, but they do mind a man who's too vain to get his hands dirty’
    • ‘It's about a nomadic storyteller in India named Bram who's preoccupied with Dracula.’
    • ‘Then there's the blogger who's only blogging because he has no one else to turn to.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, and Catherine Deneuve, who's wonderful in pretty much everything she does.’
    • ‘It had a fantastic chef, Kam Po But, who's still there and still producing marvellous food.’
    • ‘What's interesting about The Apprentice is that there's no way of knowing who's going to win.’
    • ‘After all - who's to say that any two people hear sound in exactly the same way?’
    • ‘It's not necessarily who turns up, but it's who's there for you when you really need them that counts.’
    • ‘Much of Saturday night was spent chatting to Cath, who's heading off to India for a few weeks.’
    • ‘God bless the occasional generous law firm partner who's at home to take the call.’
    • ‘So my Dad calls in after a trip to visit Aunty Wilma, who's recovering from a stroke.’
    • ‘I have breakfast with Eric and Elizabeth, who's still at school, then get ready for work.’
    • ‘No-one wants to give a chance to somebody who's not guaranteed to be perfect.’
    • ‘The film doesn't necessarily need Jason Mewes, but it needs someone who's funny.’
    • ‘It's all very well saying that youngsters should have free education, but who's going to pay for it?’
    • ‘I'd be very interested to hear from anyone else who's involved in this project.’
    • ‘It's a new experience, living with someone who's a better cook than me, but one I could get used to.’
    1. 1.1 Who has:
      ‘who's done the reading?’
      • ‘This is all the theory anyway, anyone who's frequented a pub knows that it doesn't really work that way.’
      • ‘Not much to ask, not least by anyone who's had to sit through The Quick and the Dead.’
      • ‘Laying in a bed close to the burned girl is a man who's been shot three times in the torso.’
      • ‘I've not been one of the fortunate guys who's made a fortune out of the game.’
      • ‘He laughs as he says it, but he actually does have the air of a kid who's gotten away with something.’
      • ‘This alone is insulting to anyone who's lived both in Montreal proper and in a suburb.’
      • ‘I feel like the naughty schoolboy who's been called to the headmistress's office.’
      • ‘This is a man who's either performed with, or written songs for, everyone in the Soul and Blues world.’
      • ‘It's bloody cold and I get stuck holding Lucy who's already been celebrating quite hard.’
      • ‘I've met an awful lot of drug dealers but I've never met one who's retired to Devon.’
      • ‘For anyone who's ever had a dispute with a neighbour over property, the law could be a boon.’
      • ‘Anyone who's grown up with an alcoholic parent learns to dread celebrations.’
      • ‘All that is by the by, as anyone who's been watching the news lately will tell you.’
      • ‘I join the end of the queue, nodding at a former stranger who's almost become a friend over recent months.’
      • ‘He looks like an Essex car dealer who's just become an African tribal king.’
      • ‘Anyone who's known me for any length of time will remember that I have trouble with my right ear from time to time.’
      • ‘Every player who's ever had a cruciate injury, including myself, had done exactly the same.’
      • ‘As anyone who's done it will tell you, backpacking is a great way to travel.’
      • ‘Anyway, I'd better get back to annoying someone who's just bought a digital camera.’
      • ‘Surely no one who's actually read Watchmen wants to see this on the screen?’

Usage

A common written mistake is to confuse who's with whose. The form who's represents a contraction of ‘who is’ or ‘who has’, while whose is a possessive pronoun or determiner used in questions, as in whose is this? or whose turn is it?

Pronunciation:

who's

/huːz/