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[hwuhch-uh-muh-kawl-it, hwoch-, wuhch-, woch-] /ˈʰwʌtʃ ə məˌkɔl ɪt, ˈʰwɒtʃ-, ˈwʌtʃ-, ˈwɒtʃ-/


or whatchamacallit, what-you-may-call-it, what-do-you-call-it

[hwuhch-uh-muh-kawl-it, hwoch-, wuhch-, woch-] /ˈʰwʌtʃ ə məˌkɔl ɪt, ˈʰwɒtʃ-, ˈwʌtʃ-, ˈwɒtʃ-/
noun, Informal.
an object or person whose name one does not know or cannot recall.
Origin of whachamacallit
1940-45; spelling of what you may call it reflecting affrication of t before y and reduction of vowels; compare similar metric pattern and internal əmə in rigamarole, thingamagig Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for what-you-may-call-it
Historical Examples
  • What, to make a what-you-may-call-it—a mash for La Sylphide?

    Sir Hilton's Sin George Manville Fenn
  • Just where is Schloss (she pronounced it 'Slosh') what-you-may-call-it?

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • In wanting you to let him take care of that necklace—the what-you-may-call-it thing—the Cadogan collar.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
Slang definitions & phrases for what-you-may-call-it

what the hell


  1. (also vwhat the fuckx) An exclamation of surprise, puzzlement, resentment, etc: What the hell! Who does this clown think he is, anyhow?/ Is five successive base hits enough? Let's make it seven, what the hey/ What the fuck, Boyce! (1872+)
  2. (also what the hay) An exclamation of resignation, acceptance, etc: What the hell, it isn't the greatest, but it'll do (1872+)

noun phrase

(also vwhat the fuckx or what in hell) What? •Lengthened for emphasis and euphony: What the hell do you think you're doing?/ So what the fuck is this about? (1836+)



A sidewalk grating

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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