Whatnot
Whatnot What"not, n. [See the Note under {What}, pron., 5.] A kind of stand, or piece of furniture, having shelves for books, ornaments, etc.; an ['e]tag[`e]re. [1913 Webster]

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  • whatnot — 1530s, anything, from WHAT (Cf. what) + NOT (Cf. not). As the name of a furniture item, first attested 1808, so named for the objects it is meant to hold …   Etymology dictionary

  • whatnot — ► NOUN informal ▪ used to refer to an unidentified item or items having something in common with items already named …   English terms dictionary

  • whatnot — [hwut′nät΄, wut′nät΄] n. 1. a nondescript or indescribable thing or, sometimes, person 2. a set of open shelves, as for bric a brac …   English World dictionary

  • whatnot — [[t](h)wɒ̱tnɒt[/t]] PHRASE: cl/group PHR (vagueness) People sometimes say and whatnot or or whatnot after mentioning one or more things, to refer in a vague way to other things which are similar. [INFORMAL, SPOKEN] The women were there in their… …   English dictionary

  • whatnot — UK [ˈwɒtnɒt] / US [ˈwɑtˌnɑt] / US [ˈhwɑtˌnɑt] noun [uncountable] Word forms whatnot : singular whatnot plural whatnots informal other similar things She has to deal with the various taxes and whatnot …   English dictionary

  • whatnot — /hwut not , hwot , wut , wot /, n. 1. a stand with shelves for bric a brac, books, etc. 2. something or anything of the same or similar kind: sheets, pillowcases, towels, napkins, and whatnot. [1530 40; from the phrase what not?] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • whatnot — noun a) A small unspecified object; bric a brac (in plural) At the lexicography club, we welcome all discussion of words and whatnot. b) Other related objects or ideas. All of the cakes and whatnot have been laid out, ready for the childrens …   Wiktionary

  • whatnot — what|not [ˈwɔtnɔt US ˈwa:tna:t, ˈwʌt ] n [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: what not?] and whatnot spoken an expression used at the end of a list of things when you do not want to give the names of everything ▪ Put your bags, cases and whatnot in the back …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whatnot — noun 1 and whatnot spoken an expression used at the end of a list of things when you do not want to give the names of everything: Put your bags, cases and whatnot in the back of the car. 2 (C) a piece of furniture with shelves used especially in… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whatnot — I. pronoun Etymology: what not? Date: 1540 any of various other things that might also be mentioned < paper clips, pins, and whatnot > II. noun Date: 1602 1. a nondescript person or thing 2. a light open set of shelves for bric a brac …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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