Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A thingamajig.

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

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

  • noun something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of thingumbob : obsolete thingum (from thing) + bob.]

Examples

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

    05/04

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

    05/04

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

    Archive 2004-05-01

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

    PSP Updates

  • 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

  • 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.

    What’s My Name Again?

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • 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

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