[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.

Nearby words

  1. whataboutism,
  2. whatchamacallit,
  3. whate'er,
  4. whatever,
  5. whatevs,
  6. whatsis,
  7. whatsit,
  8. whatsoe'er,
  9. whatsoever,
  10. whaup

Origin of whatnot

First recorded in 1530–40; from the phrase what not?

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British Dictionary definitions for whatnot



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



1530s, "anything," from what + not. As the name of a furniture item, first attested 1808, so named for the objects it is meant to hold.

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