doohickey

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Related to doohickeys: thingamabob, thingummies

doo·hick·ey

 (do͞o′hĭk′ē)
n. pl. doo·hick·eys Informal
Something, especially a small device or part, whose name is unknown or forgotten.

[Perhaps doo(dad) + hickey.]

doohickey

(ˈduːˌhɪkɪ)
n
informal US and Canadian another name for doodah1

doo•hick•ey

(ˈduˌhɪk i)

n., pl. -eys. Informal.
a gadget; thingamajig.
[1910–15, Amer.; doo (dad) + hickey]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.doohickey - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not knowndoohickey - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known; "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"
stuff - miscellaneous unspecified objects; "the trunk was full of stuff"

doohickey

noun
Informal. A small specialized mechanical device:
Informal: doodad, widget.
Slang: gizmo.
Translations

doohickey

[ˌduːˈhɪkɪ] N (US) → trasto m

doohickey

n (US inf: = thingummy) → Dings(bums) nt
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