One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to or address a person or thing whose name one has forgotten, does not know, or does not wish to mention.
- ‘Give people a reason to respond - 10% off in the next 24 hours for example, or a free doodad or thingamabob.’
- ‘Then I pushed on the thingamabob to flush the toilet, but there was no pressure.’
- ‘I considered setting up one of those nifty 24-hour timer thingamabobs that make the lights go on and off when they should.’
- ‘I lingered around watching a thingamabob about JFK's administration on TV, then crashed.’
- ‘He related how he'd recently experienced a spot of technical bother when using his electronic key-fob thingamabob to open the car door of his nippy runabout.’
- ‘Today started off with me losing my balance while heading for a seat on the train and smacking my head hard on the thingamabob that juts out above the window.’
- ‘I have the comments thingamajig up and running but few people use it.’
- ‘How do these self-heating stick-on thingumajigs compare to the good old hot water bottle?’
- ‘I prefer to stroll and just watch the people on the streets and the thingamabobs along the way.’
- ‘I found this really cute kinda 70's-looking shirt online a couple of weeks ago - it's sort of pale green with white stripes and this nifty ring thingamabob in front.’
- ‘The step up from these are the headphones that are a plastic thingamabob that wrap across the top of your head, not unlike the sort you get free when you buy a cd player.’
- ‘I'm not altogether sure what happened to these pellets - I assume they got shipped out elsewhere and turned in to all manner of plastic thingamabobs, doobries and wotsits - but that didn't really matter.’
- ‘My head hurts a little from hitting the wooden thingamabob.’
- ‘It's a massive thing, taking up two galleries with 36 works ranging from videos and photography to some paintings, some sculptural object thingamajigs and a couple of lovely cyanotypes.’
- ‘Wallace pointed to the spiral shaped thingamabob in her left pocket.’
- ‘You'll find no winged doohickeys or portable thingamajigs here.’
- ‘We believe a sight or a fancy thingamabob added to the weapons systems will be a cure-all.’
- ‘Let's get one of these desks, and put it over there in front of the big bench thingamabob, then we can put a filing cabinet in front of that.’
- ‘A bit of a favourite of mine from the 1910s is ‘oojiboo’, which meant a thingumajig, a whatsits name, something you can't remember the name of.’
- ‘Don't even get me started on all of the cool little doo-dads and thingamajigs.’
Mid 18th century: arbitrary extension of earlier thingum (from thing + a meaningless suffix). Compare with thingamajig.
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