whatsit

noun what·sit \ ˈhwät-sət , ˈwät- , ˈ(h)wət- \
variants: or less commonly whatsis play \ˈhwät-səs, ˈwät-, ˈ(h)wət-\ or what-is-it play \ˈhwät-iz-ət, ˈwät-, ˈ(h)wət-\

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Examples of whatsit in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of whatsit

whatsit & whatsis contraction of what-is-it


WHATSIT Defined for English Language Learners

whatsit

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Definition of whatsit for English Language Learners

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


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