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

Definition of whatnot 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of whatnot (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a nondescript person or thing

2 : a light open set of shelves for bric-a-brac

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Examples of whatnot in a Sentence


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


the store sells an array of whatnots for the do-it-yourself plumber
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Getty ImagesNBC We've gotten used to the idea that things on Netflix are bound to disappear at some point, due to streaming rights and whatnot. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Is Friends on Netflix in 2019? Rumors Are Flying, But Don't Panic," 3 Dec. 2018 Or mobile phones or whatnot, and there’s a need to protect the data. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.," 15 Oct. 2018 Accessories added at the dealership, like an auxiliary battery, ramps, tie-down rails and whatnot, can make the gross weight climb substantially. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tow a Trailer," 6 Jan. 2017 Talking to each other — about work or whatnot — was always fun for Nick and Ashley. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Ashley Carnes-Carelock and Nicholas Lucente," 15 June 2018 Of course, the denuclearization of nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot is one problem in North Korea. Washington Post, "Trump’s optimistic news conference after meeting with Kim Jong Un, annotated," 12 June 2018 Peruse Smithsonian Channel’s Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle for facts and whatnot. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "EW presents: Your 24-hour royal wedding itinerary," 17 May 2018 Adrian’s had a rough go of it, what with all of the hallucinations and murders and whatnot. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "WW #92: I don't care if your comic is on time. I care that it's good.," 26 Jan. 2018 Not the kind of grunge with the flannel and the Pearl Jams and whatnot. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Folc Burger’s stayin’ alive at Bexar Pub," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of whatnot


1540, in the meaning defined above


1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whatnot


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The first known use of whatnot was in 1540

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English Language Learners Definition of whatnot

: any of the other things that might also be mentioned

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