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thingamajig

[thing-uh-muh-jig] /ˈθɪŋ ə məˌdʒɪg/
noun, Informal.
1.
a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
Also, thingumajig.
Origin
1870-1875
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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Examples from the web for thingamajig
  • 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.
Word Origin and History for thingamajig
n.

also thingumajig, 1824, see thing.

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

thing

noun

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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