thing·​am·​a·​jig | \ ˈthiŋ-ə-mə-ˌjig How to pronounce thingamajig (audio) \
variants: or thingumajig

Definition of thingamajig

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

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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 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 Battle: Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Surrogates) showcases some striking scenes of mayhem highlighted by a monstrous thingamajig that emerges from the rubble toward the end of the trailer. Hugh Hart, WIRED, 18 Jan. 2011 Then there’s the Russia/White House/ Michael Flynn/James Comey thingamajig. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of thingamajig

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thingamajig

alteration of earlier thingum, from thing

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The first known use of thingamajig was in 1824

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“Thingamajig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thingamajig

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

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