thingamajig

[thing-uh-muh-jig]
noun Informal.
a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
Also, thingumajig.


Origin:
1870–75; thingum or thingummy + jig1, metrically patterned like gobbledygook, rigamarole; thingum perhaps orig. from the gradational compound thingum-thangum (based on thing1) with the same terminal syllable as in crinkum-crankum, harum-scarum, trinkum-trankum, the ultimately orig. of which is unclear

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thingamajig

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" [syn: doodad
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Once its bat-winged supernatural thingamajig appears, the beast isn't half as horrifying as you imagined.
Other items available for rent include the slide, the basketball hoops, inflatable dolphin and inflatable thingamajig.
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