doo·​hick·​ey | \ ˈdü-ˌhi-kē How to pronounce doohickey (audio) \
plural doohickeys also doohickies

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Examples of doohickey in a Sentence

screw in the doohickey at the top of the lamp shade
Recent Examples on the Web Every doohickey near her mysteriously explodes, and the undersea station starts flooding, leaving Norah and the other sweaty survivors to find their way to safety while being besieged by a mysterious force. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Underwater Entertains but Doesn’t Have Much Depth," 9 Jan. 2020 While this isn't the typical device or doohickey one expects to sample at CES, hey, technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes – and food is pretty practical. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "CES 2020: Our picks for best of show," 9 Jan. 2020 For parents of the 3.6 million American teens who vape, that innocent-looking little doohickey masquerading as a memory stick may very well turn out to be a Juul. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Juuling? Everything to Know About the Popular Vaping Trend," 4 Sep. 2019 Because the Apple Watch is a device people actually want to wear, not some giant medical doohickey strapped to your upper arm, people are likely to wear it more and get more out of its monitoring and examinations. David Pierce, WSJ, "Apple Watch Series 4 First Look: A Medical Wearable in Pretty Disguise," 13 Sep. 2018 So Gaymon got busy with a doohickey that looked like a miniature tennis racket, taking turns spritzing with a fine sheen of coconut oil and grinding its mesh into Robinson’s hair. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "In D.C., barbers give homeless men makeovers," 10 Mar. 2018 Bookshelves support a collection of tomes, bottles of glue, stacks of papers bound in string, bags and doohickeys, and other various and sundry bits and pieces. Pelican Bomb,, "Been wondering about that mysterious cottage on the Algiers Point levee?," 23 Jan. 2018 Here is the new routine: Plug headphones into $9 doohickey into iPhone. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Fine, I'll Get Wireless Headphones Because Dongles Are Terrible," 21 Sep. 2016 Unplug doohickey from phone and leave it on the desk. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Fine, I'll Get Wireless Headphones Because Dongles Are Terrible," 21 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of doohickey

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doohickey

probably from doodad + hickey

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The first known use of doohickey was in 1914

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“Doohickey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doohickey

US, informal : an object or device whose name you do not know or have forgotten

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