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whodunit

[hoo-duhn-it] /huˈdʌn ɪt/
noun, Informal.
1.
a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal; detective story.
Also, especially British, whodunnit.
Origin of whodunit
1925-1930
1925-30; jocular formation from question Who done it?, for standard English Who did it?
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British Dictionary definitions for whodunnit

whodunnit

/huːˈdʌnɪt/
noun
1.
(informal) a novel, play, etc, concerned with a crime, usually murder
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Word Origin and History for whodunnit

whodunit

n.

"murder mystery," 1930, U.S. slang, originally a semi-facetious formation from who done it?

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Slang definitions & phrases for whodunnit

whodunit

noun

A mystery or detective story, play, movie, etc, esp a novel: a conventional whodunit

[1937+; fr who done it, ''who committed the crime?''; claimed as a coinage by and of various persons]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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