whatnot

pronoun
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

whatnot

noun

Definition of whatnot (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Death isn’t necessarily an obstacle, with flashbacks and fantasies and whatnot. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Definitely taking it to the next level with them flowers and whatnot. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 3 Mar. 2022 Definitely taking it to the next level with them flowers and whatnot. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 3 Mar. 2022 People would slowly go off to get water and whatnot. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Definitely taking it to the next level with them flowers and whatnot. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 3 Mar. 2022 And more higher-level classes too, which will take more study time and whatnot. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, 4 Mar. 2022 Definitely taking it to the next level with them flowers and whatnot. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 28 Feb. 2022 Definitely taking it to the next level with them flowers and whatnot. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whatnot

Pronoun

1540, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whatnot

Pronoun

what not?

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The first known use of whatnot was in 1540

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whatnot

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Cite this Entry

“Whatnot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatnot. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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