so-and-so

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noun

plural so-and-sos or so-and-so's ˈsō-ən-ˌsōz How to pronounce so-and-so (audio)
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: an unnamed or unspecified person, thing, or action
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so-and-so

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adverb

1
: to an unspecified amount or degree
2
: in an unspecified manner or fashion

Examples of so-and-so in a Sentence

Noun I'm never talking to that nasty so-and-so again after what he said to me last time!
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That structure—the book of so-and-so, the Book of Ruth—is very appealing. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 Each face-off starts off genial, so Christian tries to stir up some drama about why so-and-so picked such-and-such for war. Lauren Puckett-Pope, ELLE, 28 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of so-and-so was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“So-and-so.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so-and-so. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

so-and-so

noun
ˈsō-ən-ˌsō
plural so-and-sos or so-and-so's
-ən-ˌsōz
: an unnamed or unspecified person or thing

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