Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An indefinite name for any person or thing which a speaker is at a loss, or is too indifferent, to designate more precisely.
“thingumbob," which took for them a very different turn indeed.”
“Chingaladdo – equates to thingamajob, thingumbob, whatsis, and whatchamacallits of this ilk. * via a misspent youth”
““I was only wanting the thingumbob, yer honour,” said Tom, pretending to search diligently in the drawer for some required article.”
“He considered gold inlay for the squiggles and doohickii, but the thingumbob was too intricate for goldwork, and a gold quid would seem ostentatious.”
“The lines were mostly horizontal or vertical, and crossed each other with either a little jump-mark or a dot; they made right-angle turns to get around doohickii, and they never stopped in mid-space but always terminated at a squiggle, quiggle, quid, or thingumbob.”
“It appeared to be no more than a network of lines connecting a patchwork of doohickii, squiggles, quids, laminulae, and thingumbob.”
“Suppose she 'll wear a top-knot and a thingumbob, like every one else; and however shall I know her?”
“Id always thought that when they ended wars like this they lined up same as in the pictur your father has of whats his name surrenderin to thingumbob at Yorktown.”
“Now where in Tophet does this thingumbob [holdback] go?”
“And in thingumbob retirement by the something-or-other stream you hit on the notion of splicing the lovely Lessie Lavigne.”
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Citation: 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, unabridged from the original 1811 edition, with a foreword by Max Harris. London: Bibliophile Books, 1984.
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