thing·​am·​a·​jig ˈthiŋ-ə-mə-ˌjig How to pronounce thingamajig (audio)
variants or thingumajig
: something that is hard to classify or whose name is unknown or forgotten

Examples of thingamajig in a Sentence

It's one of those thingamajigs that can give you driving directions. reattach that thingamajig and the machine should work
Recent Examples on the Web Lenovo’s claim appears to be that the Legion 9i can fully cool itself with this method, no thingamajig needed. Monica Chin, The Verge, 1 Sep. 2023 Shot in 2021, the film apparently featured a crew of Ukrainian gangsters as the henchmen of Hugh Grant’s billionaire arms dealer antagonist, Greg Simmonds (who is brokering the thingamajig deal). Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2023 In the invitation images, Samsung is teasing at least one new foldable thingamajig. Wired, 25 July 2022 Fourteen degrees below zero, the digital vehicle temperature thingamajig told us. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2022 France would eventually do away with the whole officially sanctioned death-sport thingamajig, but not before one final, public spectacle between a knight and a squire took place in 1386. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2021 And if a giant hairy thingamajig can shoot his shot with Nicole Scherzinger, there's hope for us all. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 9 Nov. 2019 Just 5,352 Martian days after the beloved thingamajig first swung into operation, Oppy had breathed its last. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2019 There was no tinkering with cars or thingamajigs in the garage because there was no car or garage. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, 8 June 2017 See More

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Word History


alteration of earlier thingum, from thing

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thingamajig was in 1824

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“Thingamajig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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variants or thingumajig
: something that is hard to classify or whose name is unknown or forgotten
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