[soh-uh n-soh]

noun, plural so-and-sos.

someone or something not definitely named: to gossip about so-and-so.
a bastard; son of a bitch (used as a euphemism): Tell the old so-and-so to mind his own business.

Origin of so-and-so

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for so-and-so

Contemporary Examples of so-and-so

Historical Examples of so-and-so

  • Do you ever think "I could worship God if he was so-and-so?"

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • So-and-so could talk well, and the other man could sing a song.

  • They say Mr. Gladstone says so-and-so, and for them this is sufficient.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • The mere formula; "So-and-So is my guest," is a clean bill of moral health.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • They, in their turn, notified Falk that so-and-so was ready to go out.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for so-and-so


noun plural so-and-sos informal

a person whose name is forgotten or ignoredso-and-so came to see me
euphemistic a person or thing regarded as unpleasant or difficultwhich so-and-so broke my razor?
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012