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whatchamacallit

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noun what·cha·ma·call·it \ˈhwä-chə-mə-ˌkȯ-lət, ˈwä-, ˈ(h)wə-\

Simple Definition of whatchamacallit

  • : something whose name you have forgotten or do not know

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whatchamacallit

Examples of whatchamacallit in a sentence

  1. I can't find the whatchamacallit that holds the door open.

  2. <I need one of those whatchamacallits to connect the two patch cords.>



Origin of whatchamacallit

alteration of what you may call it


First Known Use: 1928


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