pronoun what·not \ˈhwät-ˌnät, ˈwät-, ˈ(h)wət-\

: any of the other things that might also be mentioned

Full Definition of WHATNOT

:  any of various other things that might also be mentioned <paper clips, pins, and whatnot>

Examples of WHATNOT

  1. You can use the container to hold paper clips, pins, and whatnot.
  2. <the drawer is full of spare pens, paper clips, stray elastics and whatnot>

Origin of WHATNOT

what not?
First Known Use: 1540

Related to WHATNOT

what all, whatever, what have you



Definition of WHATNOT

:  a nondescript person or thing
:  a light open set of shelves for bric-a-brac

Examples of WHATNOT

  1. <the store sells an array of whatnots for the do-it-yourself plumber>

First Known Use of WHATNOT


Other Household Terms

cruet, curiosity, duvet, fiasco, sham, taper, valance


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