Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A thingamajig.

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  • n. Placeholder word for a thing or person nonspecific, unknown or forgotten

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

Etymologies

Alteration of thingumbob : obsolete thingum (from thing) + bob2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • First, there's this musicplasma thingamabob, which is essentially a graphical representation of related artists.

    05/04

  • Took out the animated name thingamabob for now, it was causing problems.

    QJ.NET

  • Nonagenarian little old ladies can be easily identified by the fact that they’re each followed about by a thingamabob, which is a little bouncy squeaky thing, like a cross between a space hopper and a tribble, which won’t leave them alone.

    May 2008

  • If you spend a lot of time working on ISR issues, referring to “that surveillance thingamabob” is not going to cut it.

    That Sweet That Nasty That Gushy Stuff | ATTACKERMAN

  • So Bob Millington, formerly of PHUK, has set up another webzine thingy, and thought it might be interesting to chat with meself in a wee interview thingamabob.

    Interview

  • One thingamabob that is deftly oddball about most of them is that each is as dumb and stupid as the next

    Kog Zadare, only living person...

  • If we then this so, or death participants of the thingamabob!

    Life is Life (or Ode to a great big idiot like Zizek)

  • “Did your thingamabob transmit pictures or just sound?”

    SILENT TRUTH

  • Best: The Stress of Her Regard, intriguing title and lovely cover image tied with Lord Tophet for that kewl bridgecity thingamabob.

    Books Received for July 2008, Week 3 (+ Book Meme)

  • Will Shakespeare finds himself momentarily lost for words and invents a new one - thingamabob - which instantly becomes all the rage in Elizabethan England.

    May 2008

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