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[hwuht-not, hwot-, wuht-, wot-] /ˈʰwʌtˌnɒt, ˈʰwɒt-, ˈwʌt-, ˈwɒt-/
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
1530-40; from the phrase what not? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for whatnot
  • We certainly don't do all of that icing and whatnot to it.
  • First there are the ones that appeal to typography nerds because of their creator, history, mathematical beauty or whatnot.
  • It would be too risky at that stage, in view of leaks and whatnot.
  • But there are tons of little details and recessed panels and whatnot, and it took forever to get it all straight.
  • Also because of the ear's nerve cells and whatnot not being able to regenerate.
  • Has anyone realized how cheap processed foods are pop and whatnot.
  • Else there is no stick to go with the carrot of eternal life or whatnot.
  • We don't have an overpopulation of lawyers or accountants or whatnot.
  • She usually takes me to my doctor's appointments, all the teachers' meetings and whatnot.
  • It can have hazardous wastes that are spilled by the rupturing of tanks or whatnot.
British Dictionary definitions for whatnot


(informal) Also called what-d'you-call-it. 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for whatnot

what one is driving at

noun phrase

What one means; what one is trying to say: The persons may know what you are driving at (1762+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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