\ ˈthiŋ-ē How to pronounce thingy (audio) \
variants: or less commonly thingie
plural thingies

Definition of thingy

: something that is hard to classify or whose name is unknown or forgotten : thing, thingamajig During the session in May 1996, the geophysicist's instruments became the "yellow thingy" and the "red thingy," and the … dog became the "brown furry thing."— M. Lee Goff "I need a socket thingie," announces a very focused 13-year-old girl. Like a seasoned mechanic, 14-year-old Sophia Rogstad plucks a ratchet off the tool wall and passes it to her classmate.— Lisa Wogan … one of those hash brown thingies that looked like a baked buffalo tongue.— Stephen King "Does he seem right to you?" Carl said. "Because to me he looks unhinged. And this business about the garage-door thingy? How does that make any sense?"— Richard Russo

First Known Use of thingy

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thingy

thing + -y

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“Thingy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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