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or thingumajig

[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.
Origin of thingamajig
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • By Jove, Madge, I jolly well hoisted him with his own thingamajig!

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
Word Origin and History for thingamajig

also thingumajig, 1824, see thing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thingamajig



One's particular predilection, skill, way of living or perceiving, etc: He ignored the world and stuck to his thing

Related Terms

the best thing since sliced bread, have a thing about, just one of those things, sure thing, a sure thing

[1841+; revived in the 1960s]

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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