Other forms: whatnots

Whatnot is another word for odds and ends. Whatnot also means etcetera, so it often comes at the end of a list. On top of a dresser, there might be souvenirs, snow globes, a collection of porcelain pigs, and whatnot.

Whatnot has always referred to knickknacks, but a whatnot used to be the name of the shelves to put those knickknacks on. Whatnot can also be the little doodads themselves. You can use this word to indicate additional things of any kind that you don’t feel like naming. At the zoo, you might see lions, zebras, giraffes, and whatnot. In those cases, whatnot means a bunch of other stuff that’s like the stuff mentioned.

Definitions of whatnot
  1. noun
    miscellaneous curios
    synonyms: bric-a-brac, knickknack, knickknackery, nicknack
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    type of:
    curio, curiosity, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity
    something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
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