noun why·dunit \¦(h)wīˈdənə̇t\

Definition of whydunit



  1. :  a mystery having as its primary interest the motivation rather than the identity of the criminal

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Origin and Etymology of whydunit

1why + whodunit

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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