what·​not | \ ˈhwät-ˌnät How to pronounce whatnot (audio) , 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

Pronoun 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 Noun the store sells an array of whatnots for the do-it-yourself plumber
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Especially with some of the players that are in that locker room and whatnot. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Emotional homecoming as Cardinals draft former Scottsdale Saguaro standout Christian Kirk," 27 Apr. 2018 Tom Hanks plays Pumpkins, a character who is part of an amusement park attraction in which customers take an elevator up 100 floors, with presumably horrifying ghosts and creatures and monsters and whatnot greeting you when the doors open. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Why we need David S. Pumpkins now more than ever," 22 Oct. 2019 The government is incentivizing both sellers and consumers to move in this direction through direct subsidies and whatnot. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey says now is our chance to build a global currency for the internet," 14 June 2019 Making fresh noodles, rice flour tacos and whatnot. Donny Sirisavath, Bon Appétit, "Everything I Know About Running Restaurants, I Learned From My Mom," 17 Sep. 2019 Those guys to me have always been the right complement to me, someone who has a strong background in terms of preparation and doing the video work and whatnot, but hadn't played in the NBA. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "Frank Vogel Is Prepared to Live Under the Microscope With the Lakers," 24 July 2019 Or, at least, exclusive for a little while—many of the rewards will become available to people who don't buy that particular season, so no one is missing out on anything game-changing in terms of abilities or weapons or whatnot. Wired, "Telltale Games Seems to Be Rising From the Dead," 30 Aug. 2019 There’s going to be talking heads talking about his game and whatnot. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Steve Kerr on playing Kevin Durant in Game 5: ‘Would we go back and do it over again? Damn right’," 12 June 2019 Oh, and that leaves out special occasion stuff like cocktail frocks and whatnot. Vogue, "Need Some Inspiration for Your New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s How Vogue Editors Are Rethinking Their Closets in 2019," 1 Jan. 2019

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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


what not?

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The first known use of whatnot was in 1540

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“Whatnot.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatnot. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of whatnot

informal : any of the other things that might also be mentioned

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