whatsit

noun

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)

Example Sentences

there's always one random whatsit left over every time I put a bookcase together
Recent Examples on the Web Disaster strikes when Loretta is kidnaped by eccentric zillionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes to use her anthropological knowhow to recover an ancient whatsit from a remote jungle island. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 24 Mar. 2022 That’s nothing if not a unique premise, but writer-director Cesar Cabral’s animated whatsit proves more compelling as a concept than as an actual movie. Michael Nordine, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 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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Word History

Etymology

whatsit & whatsis contraction of what-is-it

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whatsit was circa 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Whatsit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whatsit. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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