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whatnot

pronoun what·not \ ˈhwät-ˌnät , ˈwät- , ˈ(h)wət- \
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018
: any of various other things that might also be mentioned
  • paper clips, pins, and whatnot

Examples of whatnot in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of whatnot

what not?

whatnot Synonyms

Synonyms

what all, whatever;

Related Words

anything;

whichever;

Phrases

what have you;


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whatnot

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

Examples of whatnot in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of whatnot

1602

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WHATNOT Defined for English Language Learners

whatnot

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



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