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doohickey

A name for a gadget or thing whose actual name is unknown or has been forgotten. Where's that doohickey? I need it to finish this repair. Hand me that doohickey or whatever it's called, will you?

doohickey

verb

whatchamacallit

(ˈʍətʃəməˈkɑlɪt)
n. a name for a person or thing whose real name has been forgotten or is being avoided. I lost my—you know—my whatchamacallit—my watch!

whatchamacallit

Something whose name is not known or has been forgotten. A slangy alteration of “what you may call it,” it dates from the first quarter of the twentieth century. For example, “He’s got that new gadget on his car, a whatchamacallit—oh, a GPS.” Similar if not quite synonymous terms are doohickey and thingamabob, dating from about the same time. For example, “The Digital Book System . . . a doohickey slightly bigger than a cassette box—that stores the equivalent of 10 Bibles” (Newsweek, December 7, 1992).
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"It's not exactly a thingamabob," I said, "more of a thingamajig."
Other profiles feel gluttonous, like Linda Rodin's--creator of "cultish elixir" Rodin Olio Lusso--whose over-the-top piles of "thingamabobs" look like the Little Mermaid's collection of souvenirs.
(2) Whirrs, Cogs and Thingamabobs: A World of Wacky Gadgets is a collection of quirky everyday items, some salvaged from rubbish tips.
This led to a collection of 1,500 gadgets and "thingamabobs".
Goldbarth-an avid collector of thingamabobs, doohickeys, and what-have-yous-doesn't relegate his love of pop culture to his home.
For most people of my generation, today's technology gadgets, gizmos and thingamabobs are wonderful--and frightening--advances.
We do not see the normal collection of ghastly thingamabobs that a "witch" would collect.
On April 17th and 19th, the University of South Florida's (USF) Kopp Engineering Building was abuzz--abuzz with the bleeps, buzzes and thumps of gadgets, gizmos, and thingamabobs as students, professors, and the curious assembled to check out the newest crop of brain children birthed by the next generation of the school's mechanical engineers.
The result is a collection of more than 400 weird and wonderful objects, many of which were featured in his first book "Eccentric Contraptions and Amazing Gadgets, Gizmos and Thingamabobs".
See how he settles into his stench and ruin (with his li'l motors, his li'l machines, his li'l thingamajigs, his li'l thingamabobs).
But she also says she's busy and "doesn't have a lot of time to try new-fangled thingamabobs."
A self pro claimed flea market hound, Brachman scours the concrete fields of Manhattan for dusty cook books, little pink do-dads and pastel green thingamabobs; true relics of the 50s and 60s, a time when soda fountains and ice cream cones were all the rage.
Even the black plastic packaging used to safeguard hardware from being damaged gets a new use thanks to a local operation that sells castoff industrial and commercial "thingamabobs" as craft components to teachers, day care centers and Scout troops.
Sal Monella has been hired to fill a vacancy in the ABCDE subassembly cell for a manufacturing company that produces thingamabobs. This cell is composed of five physically linked operations.