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whosis

[hoo-zis] /ˈhu zɪs/
noun
1.

whoosis

or whosis

[hoo-zis] /ˈhu zɪs/
noun, plural whoosises. Informal.
1.
an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled:
It's the whoosis next to the volume control.
2.
a person or thing considered typical or illustrative:
the usual paragraph about the party given by Mme. Whoosis.
Origin of whoosis
1920-1925
1920-25; alteration of phrase who's this
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Historical Examples
  • I did have my thoughts about you, same as that whosis, I must say.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
  • She looked wild enough to be called a “whosis,” whatever kind of supernatural apparition that might be.

    Ruth Fielding Down East Alice B. Emerson
Slang definitions & phrases for whosis

whorehouse

adjective

Of a gaudiness or bad taste befitting a cheap brothel; honky-tonk: The room is painted a sort of whorehouse pink (1940s+)

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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Related Abbreviations for whosis

WHOSIS

WHO Statistical Information System
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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