from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An indefinite name for any person or thing which a speaker is at a loss, or is too indifferent, to designate more precisely.


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  • "thingumbob," which took for them a very different turn indeed.

    What Maisie Knew

  • Chingaladdo – equates to thingamajob, thingumbob, whatsis, and whatchamacallits of this ilk. * via a misspent youth

    Convergent linguistic evolution?

  • “I was only wanting the thingumbob, yer honour,” said Tom, pretending to search diligently in the drawer for some required article.

    Castle Richmond

  • He considered gold inlay for the squiggles and doohickii, but the thingumbob was too intricate for goldwork, and a gold quid would seem ostentatious.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • 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.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • It appeared to be no more than a network of lines connecting a patchwork of doohickii, squiggles, quids, laminulae, and thingumbob.

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • Suppose she 'll wear a top-knot and a thingumbob, like every one else; and however shall I know her?

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • 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.

    "Same old Bill, eh Mable!"

  • Now where in Tophet does this thingumbob [holdback] go?

    Horses Nine Stories of Harness and Saddle

  • And in thingumbob retirement by the something-or-other stream you hit on the notion of splicing the lovely Lessie Lavigne.

    The Dop Doctor


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  • "Mr. Thingumbob; a vulgar address or nomination to any person whose name is unknown, the same as Mr. What-d'ye-call'em. Thingumbobs: testicles."

    September 5, 2008