what·​sit | \ ˈhwät-sət How to pronounce whatsit (audio) , ˈwät-, ˈ(h)wət-\
variants: or less commonly whatsis \ ˈhwät-​səs How to pronounce whatsis (audio) , ˈwät-​ , ˈ(h)wət-​ \ or what-is-it \ ˈhwät-​iz-​ət How to pronounce what-is-it (audio) , ˈwät-​ , ˈ(h)wət-​ \

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there's always one random whatsit left over every time I put a bookcase together

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The numbers of whosits and the intensity of the whatsits really does depend on who is running. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Candidates still count," 24 Aug. 2018 Thirty-seven percent of whosits voting at a greater intensity than 41 percent of whatsits, etc. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Candidates still count," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of whatsit

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whatsit

whatsit & whatsis contraction of what-is-it

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The first known use of whatsit was circa 1882

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English Language Learners Definition of whatsit

informal : something whose name you have forgotten or do not know

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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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