whachamacallit

or what·cha·ma·call·it

[ hwuhch-uh-muh-kawl-it, hwoch-, wuhch-, woch- ]
/ ˈʰwʌtʃ ə məˌkɔl ɪt, ˈʰwɒtʃ-, ˈwʌtʃ-, ˈwɒtʃ- /

noun Informal.

an object or person whose name one does not know or cannot recall.

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Also what-do-you-call-it, whad·dya·call·it [hwuhd-uh-yuh-kawl-it, hwod-, wuhd-, wod-] /ˈʰwʌd ə yəˌkɔl ɪt, ˈʰwɒd-, ˈwʌd-, ˈwɒd-/ .

Origin of whachamacallit

First recorded in 1940–45; spelling of what you may call it or what do you call it, the first reflecting affrication of t before y and reduction of vowels; compare similar metric pattern and internal əmə in rigamarole, thingamajig

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