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

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Just 5,352 Martian days after the beloved thingamajig first swung into operation, Oppy had breathed its last. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Here’s the Real Story Behind the Demise of Mars Rover B," 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, "Rosario: DIY Man knows his limits, but he finds miraculous help on YouTube," 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, "Trailer: Battle: Los Angeles Gets Gritty for Alien Invasion," 18 Jan. 2011 Then there’s the Russia/White House/ Michael Flynn/James Comey thingamajig. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Did you hear that? News alerts are taking over our lives," 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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English Language Learners Definition of thingamajig

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

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concealment of treason or felony

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