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n. Informal
1. Something whose name is unknown or forgotten.
2. A person regarded as stupid.
3. Vulgar Slang The penis.

[Dutch dinges, whatchamacallit, from German Dings, from Middle High German dinges, genitive of dinc, thing, from Old High German ding, thing, assembly, case, thing.]
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US someone or something whose name is either unknown or forgotten
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(ˈdɪŋ əs)

n., pl. -us•es. Informal.
a gadget, device, or object whose name is unknown or forgotten.
[1870–75; < Dutch dinges or its source, German Dinges, probably orig. genitive, with partitive value, of Ding thing1]
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In addition to gadgets, gimmicks, gizmos, dinguses, doodads and doojiggers, we seem to have several dozen whatchamacallits as well.
Patents were being issued all over the place for dinguses and doohickeys that promised to deliver letters of the alphabet to a piece of paper with only minimal assistance from an operator.
As one author put it, "The human brain is wall-to-wall add-ons, a maze of dinguses and gizmos patched into the original pattern of a primitive fish brain.