thingamabob

[ thing-uh-muh-bob ]
/ ˈθɪŋ ə məˌbɒb /
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noun Informal.


Nearby words

  1. thin-skinned,
  2. thine,
  3. thing,
  4. thing or two,
  5. thing-in-itself,
  6. thingamajig,
  7. thingness,
  8. things are looking up,
  9. thingstead,
  10. thingumabob

Also thing·u·ma·bob, thing·um·bob [thing-uh m-bob] /ˈθɪŋ əmˌbɒb/

Origin of thingamabob

First recorded in 1835–45; see origin at thingamajig, bob2

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Examples from the Web for thingumabob

  • It had just been a game they had played while looking for the thingumabob.

    Gargoyles|Ben Hecht


British Dictionary definitions for thingumabob

thingumabob

thingamabob

/ (ˈθɪŋəməˌbɒb) /

noun

informal a person or thing the name of which is unknown, temporarily forgotten, or deliberately overlookedAlso: thingumajig, thingamajig (ˈθɪŋəməˌdʒɪɡ), thingummy (ˈθɪŋəmɪ)

Word Origin for thingumabob

C18: from thing 1, with humorous suffix

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