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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.]
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doohickey

(ˈduːˌhɪkɪ)
n
informal US and Canadian another name for doodah1
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doo•hick•ey

(ˈduˌhɪk i)

n., pl. -eys. Informal.
a gadget; thingamajig.
[1910–15, Amer.; doo (dad) + hickey]
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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"
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doohickey

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

doohickey

[ˌduːˈhɪkɪ] N (US) → trasto m
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doohickey

n (US inf: = thingummy) → Dings(bums) nt
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The result was a foam-rubber hammer (it would soon become a wand), equipped with various movable doohickeys, that issued a series of commands that had to be followed in order: "Twist it!" "Pull it!" and "Bop it!"--the latter of which became the toy's name.
The earliest improvement to the reaper was addition of a seat for the raker, so he didn't have to stumble along beside the machine, but what was badly wanted was a mechanical self-raking device (doohickeys to automatically tie the grain into bundles came later).
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It was a timely reminder of a different regulatory age: Between 1790 and 1880, inventors were required to submit a model with patent applications .The resulting doohickeys and whatsits were then displayed in the patent office, per the Patent Act of 1836.
The corners of Joy Ride and The Black Dog, both 2012, are nailed down, so to speak, by hexagonal red doohickeys resembling stop signs.
Among the goodies, from my son and daughter-in-law, was a bag of plastic doohickeys that do things the vast majority of people - including me - don't need to do.
Depending on the doohickeys NASA adds, a repurposed NRO could have a field of view about the same as WFIRST's but could see objects twice as faint.
Some of these new gadgets, gizmos, and doohickeys offer speech in new, fun, and exciting ways that go beyond the conference room or office.
Jammed in tight were the accoutrements of this two-year-old - appliances, contraptions, doodads, doohickeys, paraphernalia and colourful provisions, to set up and supply her with the essential tackle, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits that her little heart is fixed upon.