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[thing-uh-muh-jig] /ˈθɪŋ ə məˌdʒɪg/
noun, Informal.
a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
Also, thingumajig.
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 Unabridged
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also thingumajig, 1824, see thing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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(also thingumabob or thingumadoodle or thingummy or thingamadoger or thingamadudgeon or thingumbob or thingamananny)An unspecified orunspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; dingus, doodad, gadget: When you want to go down you push this thingamajig up as high as it will go/ athingummy so addicted to lethal violence (entry form 1824+, first variant 1832+, others late 1700s+ or 1800s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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