Definitions

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

  • n. A small specialized mechanical or electronic device; a contrivance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a thing whose name cannot be remembered; thingamajig, doohickey
  • n. any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated.

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

  • n. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Unknown. First used in print by Robert Brown in 1886 (see quote in definition section). Might come from French gâchette or gagée. (Wiktionary)

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