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thingamajig

or thing路u路ma路jig

[ thing-uh-muh-jig ]
/ 藞胃瑟艐 蓹 m蓹藢d蕭瑟g /
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noun Informal.
a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
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Also called thing路a路ma路bob, thing路u路ma路bob [thing-uh-muh-bob]; /藞胃瑟艐 蓹 m蓹藢b蓲b/; thing路um路bob [thing-uhm-bob] /藞胃瑟艐 蓹m藢b蓲b/ .

Origin of thingamajig

First recorded in 1870鈥75; thingum or thingummy + jig1, metrically patterned like gobbledygook,rigamarole;thingum perhaps originally from the gradational compound thingum-thangum (based on thing1) with the same terminal syllable as in crinkum-crankum,harum-scarum, trinkum-trankum, perhaps dog Latin or a facetious alteration of trinkets
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What does聽thingamajig mean?

Thingamajig is a very informal word for an object whose name you don鈥檛 know, have forgotten, or can鈥檛 recall at the moment.

It鈥檚 often used to refer to gadgets or parts of things that might not even have a commonly known name, as in Before we attach the bracket, we have to insert this thingamajig here.聽

Thingamajig is sometimes used even if you know the name of the thing you鈥檙e referring to. It can be used to be dismissive or to downplay the importance or value of an object, such as when someone is admiring it, as in What, these old thingamajigs? I鈥檝e got a whole boxful of 鈥檈m. Take as many as you want.聽

Less commonly, it can be spelled thingumajig. There are several other similarly informal words that are used in the same way, including thingamabob, thingy, whachamacallit, whatsit, doohickey, and doodad.

Example: My kids got me one of those thingamajigs that track your steps. What鈥檚 it called? A stepometer?

Where does聽thingamajig come from?

The first records of the word thingamajig come from the 1870s. The first part of the words thingamajig and thingamabob comes from the word thingum, an informal variant of the word thing similar to thingy. The word jig is used in the sense of a kind of mechanical device.

Have you got a junk drawer full of thingamajigs? The word is especially used to refer to small, physical objects, but its ambiguous nature means it can be used for all kinds of things (which is really the point of a word like thingamajig). Sometimes, it鈥檚 used just to be a bit funny, even if you actually know the name of the object you鈥檙e referring to.

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What are some other forms related to thingamajig?

  • thingumajig (alternate spelling)

What are some synonyms for thingamajig?

What are some words that share a root or word element with thingamajig?聽

 

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How is聽thingamajig used in real life?

Thingamajig is very informal. It鈥檚 especially used in speech as a way for the speaker to refer to something whose name they don鈥檛 know or can鈥檛 remember at that moment.

 

 

Try using聽thingamajig!

Is thingamajig used correctly in the following sentence?

This darn thingamajig doesn鈥檛 even work anymore鈥攃an you pick up another one at the store?

How to use thingamajig in a sentence

  • By Jove, Madge, I jolly well hoisted him with his own thingamajig!

    The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston
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