Definition of whodunit in English:

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whodunit

Pronunciation: /ho͞oˈdənət/
(British whodunnit)

noun

informal
A story or play about a murder in which the identity of the murderer is not revealed until the end.
Example sentences
  • Ten strangers with secrets are brought together in a savage rainstorm in the whodunnit thriller Identity.
  • Further compounding the peril is the fact that this is basically a murder mystery, a whodunit with slasher overtones.
  • It is a whodunnit and a thriller with thrills and fun for audience and actors alike.

Origin

1930s: from who done it?, nonstandard form of who did it?.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: who·dun·it

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