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The Collaborative International Dictionary

doohickey \doo"hick*ey\, n. Any object, usually a tool or other device, whose name is forgotten, or not known.

Syn: thingumbob, whatchamacallit, whachamacallit. [PJC]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. A thing (qualifier: used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall)


n. something whose name is either forgotten or not known [syn: dohickey, dojigger, doodad, gimmick, hickey, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy]

Usage examples of "doohickey".

He began peeling away the foil from one champagne bottle to reveal a wire doohickey over the cork.

She laughed and bent her head, pretending to be mortified while she examined the wire doohickey to figure out how it worked.

They shove this little doohickey in you to spread you all open and everything.

Dread of the metal things that would spread my legs and of the doohickey that would spread something else.

At that moment the door burst open and Corrie Swanson came barging into the diner, tossing back her purple hair, all the little chains and doohickeys pinned to her tank top astir.

There were six odd metal and plastic rectangular doohickeys aligned at intervals in the paved area.

Treen was his name, and Treen wore every device and doohickey that Salino did not.

Now we know the doohickey is for real, the big Kahuna who created it is alive and kicking, and the gang that has them and the daughter is both multinational and multiethnic.

They attend church bazaars and rummage sales, fighting to the death to buy the nameless tin and wicker doohickeys that the Natives clean out of Aunt Hattie's attic, taunt Hattie could never tell what the hell that bug-ugly obiet al'awful was either.