Definition of doohickey in English:



North American
  • A small object or gadget, especially one whose precise name the speaker cannot recall.

    ‘a garage filled with electronic parts and other valuable doohickeys’
    • ‘She looked around the kitchen, hoping for some kind of lever type doohickey.’
    • ‘The doohickeys that you cherish are, of course, totally pathetic in my eyes, revealing you as a ‘sharper image’ slave to self-defeating, fashionable mechanisms.’
    • ‘You can't see me, and I won't show up on that doohickey.’
    • ‘You'll find no winged doohickeys or portable thingamajigs here.’
    • ‘The first thing that caught my eye was one of those plastic doohickeys that six-packs of soda come in.’
    • ‘The sensible thing now would be to repackage the doohickey and take it to the nearest charity shop.’
    • ‘It almost felt like it had to be instinctual to make a run for the magical doohickey that would allow me to go on to the next level.’
    • ‘Create some downloadable desktop doohickey that goes off at random and requires the viewer to do something, making the viewer part of the art.’
    • ‘But he brought aboard a doohickey that recharges your cellphone from your laptop.’
    • ‘Clothing, toiletries and miscellaneous technological doohickeys probably called things like ‘datalink’, ‘commpad’ and ‘holocred’ were strewn across the floor in the way of messy rooms everywhere.’
    • ‘To find our little bit of it, first click on the image and then click again on the magnifier doohickey to get the most zoomed in one.’
    • ‘Or it could have been the white doohickey that fell off.’
    • ‘You can use an air popper, an electric popper, or one of those fancy self-stirring doohickeys, but all you really need to make good popcorn is a large, lidded skillet, pan or wok.’
    • ‘And with a little adapter/switcher doohickey, it's easy to set it up as a second computer, sharing the same mouse monitor and keyboard.’
    • ‘You found yourself a magical doohickey that nobody knows how to work.’
    • ‘Pie bakers can stick these little ceramic doohickeys, usually shaped like birds, into their pies so that steam can escape.’
    • ‘In the latest title, players control a space cowboy with a gun for an arm, a cybernetic eye with multiple scan modes, and a collection of doohickeys - including a grappling beam - that let him explore a vast world.’
    • ‘I'm going to make some little doohickey out of paperclips for the next half hour and then maybe wander off and get a candy bar.’
    • ‘The rear seats fold in a 60/40 arrangement and the design team has managed to avoid the recent mania for complicated levers and spring-loaded doohickeys.’
    • ‘It's not unusual for a single dish to come presented in four, five, even seven separate little trays, boxes, tureens, cups, or assorted doohickeys.’
    object, article, item, artefact, commodity
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Early 20th century (originally servicemen's slang): blend of doodad and hickey.