Definitions

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

  • n. Informal Something or someone whose name has been forgotten or is not known.

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  • n. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall, or that one is embarrassed to say)

Etymologies

From What's it (called)?
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When I go into Time Machine it has my user directories (i.e. in Finder everything under my username whatsit, such a Documents) excluded from the backup.

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  • It's stuffed to bursting with arch-villains, secret societies, weird murderers, femmes fatales, hulking brutes, and little "whatsit" dolls made from human skin and hair--one of which chuckles if jostled or shaken.

    THE WORLD OF RICHARD SALA, Pt. 2

  • I do not know how to make a "whatsit" unresponsive, so I cannot test Process Tamer's capability,

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  • Your company may make the best "whatsit" in the industry, but that doesn't mean you can get away with an amateurish-looking website or fail to deliver your product on time.

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  • See, the thing there activates the whatsit which is powered by a series of widgets and doohickeys to create the ... it all makes sense once you read the owner's manual.

    Kotaku

  • "whatsit", and then Dr Watson may decide that dumpreg. exe is itself unresponsive so it launches further instance (s) of dumpreg. exe to report the failure (s) of the previous instance (s), and the system suffers a fatal embrace and hardly ever looks at the mouse and keyboard to see me hammering away in desperation.

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  • Constant poster campaigns and mini-exhibitions for Black History month or Gay this and Trans whatsit that and whatever else is being ‘celebrated’.

    The First Of The Gang To Die. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • So, the band of Alice Cooper apparently have free access whatsit as Koru Air New Zealand members too, and they are making a hell of a racket on the other end of the hall from you.

    > Leave Perth

  • "Needing a bit of extra multi-tasking in these middle overs, Rob, I just turned on the telly and Adam does have a point about Dolgo-whatsit," says Clare Davies.

    Australia v England - live! | Rob Smyth

  • Tools cleaned, put away, old whatsit and plastic ball -- (NO not typing that again!) are in the recycle bin.

    Into the depths! (:snicker!: She wrote "ballcock!")

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