doohickey

[ doo-hik-ee ]
/ ˈduˌhɪk i /

noun, plural doo·hick·eys. Informal.

a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.

Nearby words

  1. doodlebug,
  2. doodlesack,
  3. doodly-squat,
  4. doofus,
  5. doohan,
  6. dook,
  7. dooket,
  8. doolally,
  9. doolan,
  10. doolie

Origin of doohickey

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; doo(dad) + hickey

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British Dictionary definitions for doohickey

doohickey

/ (ˈduːˌhɪkɪ) /

noun

US and Canadian informal another name for doodah (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for doohickey

doohickey

n.

also doohicky, a name for something one doesn't know the name of, 1914, American English, arbitrary formation.

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