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

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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 In the original series, Dr. Bones McCoy would scan this — not to get too technical — doohickey that resembled a Polaroid SX-70 camera mated with one of those gizmos that spits out parking tickets and instantly diagnosed a patient’s ills. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "A ‘Star Trek’-inspired gizmo could win its inventors $9 million," 2 Apr. 2017 Levi’s claims to have the answer with its new Dockers Mobile Pants, which have special deep, wide pockets for electronic doohickeys. Leander Kahney, WIRED, "Gadgets, Vests and Pants, Oh My!," 6 Sep. 2001

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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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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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