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

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Examples of whatsit in a Sentence

there's always one random whatsit left over every time I put a bookcase together
Recent Examples on the Web Equal parts art-house whatsit and car-fetish classic, the film works so well thanks to director Sarafian’s ability to shoot a chase, as well as his feel for the landscape. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 2 July 2021 The numbers of whosits and the intensity of the whatsits really does depend on who is running. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 24 Aug. 2018 Thirty-seven percent of whosits voting at a greater intensity than 41 percent of whatsits, etc. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 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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“Whatsit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatsit. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whatsit

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


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