[hwuht-not, hwot-, wuht-, wot-]
- a stand with shelves for bric-a-brac, books, etc.
- something or anything of the same or similar kind: sheets, pillowcases, towels, napkins, and whatnot.
Origin of whatnot
First recorded in 1530–40; from the phrase what not?
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Examples from the Web for whatnot
You can put this whole thing—the supply chain and whatnot, and do it with hamburgers.This 3-D Printer Can Change Fashion's Diversity Problem
June 9, 2014
It just feeds the fire of materialism, and feeds the fire of make up, and false attire, and whatnot.Shailene Woodley Opens Up About Coming of Age, ‘Divergent,’ and the Faults in Our World
January 22, 2014
And then, when I took her with me to different places and whatnot, she was always very interested.Cissy Houston on Her Daughter, Whitney: She ‘Gives Me Chills’
February 12, 2012
And when people come by the counter—the crew and whatnot—I see them grabbing a little piece of skin.'Breaking Bad' Kills It!
Maria Elena Fernandez
October 10, 2011
You have all these catchphrases—“yum-o”, “oh my gravy” and whatnot.Rachael Ray vs. the Food World
February 21, 2011
The whatnot was shaky, having only three short, spindle legs.The Corner House Girls at School
Grace Brooks Hill
It could not have been the owner of the Whatnot, because, with his wooden leg, he could not swim.
With his own savings, and largely by his own labor, he now built his boat, the Whatnot.
My Mind wanders in sex-chaos and muses on piquant impure things, enchanting villainies, odd inversions, whatnot.I, Mary MacLane
Homais, to keep himself in countenance, took up a water-bottle on the whatnot to water the geraniums.Madame Bovary
- Also called: what-d'you-call-it informal a person or thing the name of which is unknown, temporarily forgotten, or deliberately overlooked
- informal unspecified assorted material
- a portable stand with shelves, used for displaying ornaments, etc
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Word Origin and History for whatnot
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