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


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


the store sells an array of whatnots for the do-it-yourself plumber
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Or mobile phones or whatnot, and there’s a need to protect the data. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Nobody trusts Facebook anymore. Here’s one way it could change that.," 15 Oct. 2018 Of course, the denuclearization of nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot is one problem in North Korea. Washington Post, "Trump’s optimistic news conference after meeting with Kim Jong Un, annotated," 12 June 2018 Not the kind of grunge with the flannel and the Pearl Jams and whatnot. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Folc Burger’s stayin’ alive at Bexar Pub," 17 May 2018 That wealth of footage also sets up emotional now-and-then contrasts as the stories move forward, the ironies of hopeful or ambitious youth and whatnot. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Minding the Gap': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018 No matter how great the shape, how clever the hidden compartments and whatnot, without some serious quality to the materials, there's not much worth talking about. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "A Truly Luxe Way to Pack for Your Next Getaway," 3 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of whatnot

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

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