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 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 There were talks about the social distance and curfew and ‘shut down the state’ and whatnot. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "‘Refugees’ flee Bay Area for Taiwan, hoping to leave coronavirus behind," 27 Mar. 2020 And my mom started asking about everyone getting care packages and mail and whatnot. Alyssa Marino, USA TODAY, "Mother's memory kept alive through baking for the troops," 13 Jan. 2020 Football still is, right, a series of collisions and whatnot. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Mario Cristobal, Paul Chryst said on eve of Rose Bowl," 31 Dec. 2019 Everyone in our team, including the supporting members, brainstorms ideas regarding the arrangements and whatnot for our concerts to create a fully enjoyable space with our sound and performance. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "J-Pop Band Official HIGE DANdism Look Back on Stellar 2019 & Share Favorite Songs: Interview," 18 Dec. 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


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The first known use of whatnot was in 1540

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3 Sep 2020

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“Whatnot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatnot. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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