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EtymologyEdit

Coined by critic Donald Gordon in 1930. Alteration of who done it?

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌhuːˈdʌn.ɪt/
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NounEdit

whodunit (plural whodunits)

  1. A novel or drama concerning a crime (usually a murder) in which a detective follows clues to determine the perpetrator.
    • 1946, Josephina Niggli. Pointers on radio writing (Boston: The Writer, Inc.) page 25
      Actually, an whodunit is a mystery story. The hero is generally a detective, although sometimes he is a gentleman (apparently a mild mannered worm) who sallies forth at night to become Public Enemy No. One of Crime. Otherwise, the formula is exactly the same as that of the Cliff-hanger and follows the same rules.

SynonymsEdit

(A fictional story of a crime which a detective solves): detective novel, detective story, mystery story

HypernymsEdit

(A fictional story of a crime which a detective solves): thriller

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  • Oxford Dictionaries [1]

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