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doohickey

[doo-hik-ee] /ˈduˌhɪk i/
noun, plural doohickeys. Informal.
1.
a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; doo(dad) + hickey
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British Dictionary definitions for doohickey

doohickey

/ˈduːˌhɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian, informal) another name for doodah (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for doohickey
n.

also doohicky, a name for something one doesn't know the name of, 1914, American English, arbitrary formation.

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Slang definitions & phrases for doohickey

doohickey

noun

(Variations: do-hickey or do-hinky or doohinky) Any unspecified or unspecifiable thing; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; gadget, thingamajig (1914+)

Related Terms

doodad


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