whatsis


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what·sit

 (wŏt′sĭt, wŭt′-, hwŏt′-, hwŭt′-) or what·sis (-sĭs)
n. Informal
Something whose name is unknown or forgotten.

[From What's it (called)?]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whatsis - something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not knownwhatsis - 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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I can't abort, I've got a clearance void time and it'll be a pain in the whatsis to sort that out if I don't pick it up."
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