thingamajig

/thing"euh meuh jig'/, n. Informal.
a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
Also, thingumajig.
[1870-75; thingum or thingummy + JIG1, metrically patterned like GOBBLEDYGOOK, RIGAMAROLE; thingum perh. orig. from the gradational compound thingum-thangum (based on THING1) with the same terminal syllable as in CRINKUM-CRANKUM, HARUM-SCARUM, trinkum-trankum, the ult. orig. of which is unclear]

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  • thingamajig — AND thingy [“0irj3mad3ig AND “Girji] n. a gadget for which the proper name has been forgotten or is unknown. □ Hand me that thingamajig with the copper base, will you? □ What’re ya supposed to do with this thingy? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • thingamajig — or thingumajig noun Etymology: alteration of earlier thingum, from thing Date: 1828 something that is hard to classify or whose name is unknown or forgotten …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thingamajig — Canadian Slang The word you use as a substitute for the name of something you have forgotten or don t know …   English dialects glossary

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