American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal An unnamed gadget or trinket.
- n. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any object, usually a tool or other device, whose name is forgotten, or not known.
- n. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
- First attested 1914, of uncertain origin, probably from doodad + hickey. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps doo(dad) + hickey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Get Help: Need to replace a part of your toilet but have no idea how to describe it to the person at the hardware store without using the word doohickey?”
“I believe "doohickey" is the correct technical term for that particular control.”
“Training ones either have a plastic or rubbery doohickey attached at the apex of the chopsticks or are actually attached.”
“So, here we have President Malcom J. Roebuck telling me, with a look of dead-eyed seriousness, that I can make $25 to $100 per hour by making and selling "metal pin-back badges" made with his $35 button crimper doohickey.”
“(Assuming the embedded doohickey works; it seems to be a bit temperamental right now.)”
“And, no, I don't know why the embedded doohickey cuts off the last few seconds of the song.”
“That's due to my genius brother-in-law Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic, the leader of the FF, and his universal translator doohickey.”
“Mine definitely has the musical greetings-card-style doohickey installed as Chris and Allison and meself agreed.”
“Anyway, I stuck it up on the fileshare site I normally use, for this chap to download, so I thought I may as well, punt one of the embedded doohickey things up here, for anyone what's cracked enough to want a copy, or who has a spare thirty-five frickin minutes to listen to me play at being a pirate.”
“The words she spoke afterward were even more hurtful than the concussion Don might have incurred if that desktop doohickey had actually made contact.”
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