whatnot

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English[edit]

A whatnot or etagere (3)

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Etymology[edit]

what +‎ not

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɒt.nɒt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwʌt.nɒt/, /ˈʍʌt.nɒt/
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Noun[edit]

whatnot (plural whatnots)

  1. (countable) A small unspecified object; bric-a-brac (in plural)
  2. (uncountable) Other related objects or ideas.
    At the lexicography club, we welcome all discussion of words and whatnot.
    All of the cakes and whatnot have been laid out, ready for the children's birthday party this afternoon.
    • [2016 October 2, John Oliver, “Police Accountability”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 24, written by Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      Now, those are valid frustrations, although as a quick side note, “Murder and Whatnot” would be an amazing CSI spin-off. That’s a watchable show right there.]
  3. A freestanding set of shelves on which ornaments are displayed; an etagere.

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