what·​not | \ ˈ(h)wät-ˌnät, ˈ(h)wət- How to pronounce whatnot (audio) \

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 On December 27, Senator Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, issued an attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him a liar and whatnot. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 Basically, Bortles will work from home but stop into the facilities for his COVID-19 tests and whatnot but will be kept away from the team. Andy Nesbitt, USA TODAY, "Broncos' use of a 'designated survivor' for their QBs is brilliant and should be copied," 5 Dec. 2020 Is there enough holiday magic left in the holiday magic account to turn a World War II battleship and its ghost crew into the whatnot Santa needs to get the toys out? Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Our TV critic imagines the plot of 26 holiday movies based on the title alone," 25 Nov. 2020 Unfortunately, there’s more myth than science swimming in that bath of oils, herbs, spices and whatnot. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Marinating will not tenderize meat; it’s a myth," 14 Nov. 2020 Cueto is not an easy guy to catch out of the chute with his array of quick pitches, shimmies and whatnot, and a battery needs to be simpatico when facing a team as dangerous as the Dodgers. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants come from behind four times and beat Dodgers in 11th on Solano’s walkoff homer," 25 Aug. 2020 The whole premise of it is to take down your core temperature and whatnot. David Moore, Dallas News, "A new era: Mike McCarthy oversees his first practice, Cowboys begin a training camp like none before," 15 Aug. 2020 This year might be an interesting year as far as stats and records and whatnot. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Ravens ready to see how D.J. Fluker fits in run-heavy offense," 25 June 2020 Her blog, Do it on a Dime, is chock-full of organizing tips and storage solutions leaning heavily on affordable shelving, containers and whatnot sourced at dollar stores. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Cooking with Paul: Coronavirus stay at home the perfect time for a proper kitchen organizing, clean-up," 28 Mar. 2020

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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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“Whatnot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatnot. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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