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whodunit

[hoo-duhn-it]
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noun Informal.
  1. a narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal; detective story.
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Also especially British, who·dun·nit.

Origin of whodunit

1925–30; jocular formation from question Who done it?, for standard English Who did it?
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n.

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

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