WHATCHAMACALLIT

doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget

(noun) something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known; “she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket”; “there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use”

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

A shortened version of “what you may call it” or “what you might call it”. United States, 20th century (recorded in 1921).

Noun

whatchamacallit (plural whatchamacallits)

(slang) A metasyntactic term used for any object whose actual name the speaker does not know or cannot remember; a doodad, gizmo, thingamajig, thingy.

Synonyms

See thingy

Source: Wiktionary



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