- doohickey also doohicky, a name for something one doesn't know the name of, 1914, Amer.Eng., arbitrary formation.
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doohickey — doo hick*ey, n. Any object, usually a tool or other device, whose name is forgotten, or not known. Syn: thingumbob, whatchamacallit, whachamacallit. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
doohickey — [n] gadget contraption, contrivance, doodad*, gismo, object, thing, thingamabob*, thingamajig*, whatchamacallit*, widget; concepts 463,499 … New thesaurus
doohickey — ☆ doohickey [do͞o′hik΄ē ] n. [fanciful extension of DO1, as in DOODAD] Informal any small object or device whose name is not known or is temporarily forgotten … English World dictionary
doohickey — UK [ˈduːˌhɪkɪ] / US [ˈduˌhɪkɪ] noun [countable] Word forms doohickey : singular doohickey plural doohickeys mainly American informal used for referring to something such as a small object or tool that you cannot remember the name of … English dictionary
doohickey — noun A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall) What does this doohickey do? Syn: dohickey, dojigger, doodad, doodah, gimmick, gismo, gizmo, gubbins, hickey, kajigg … Wiktionary
doohickey — n An object for which a name is unavailable. There is something wrong with some little doohickey on my car engine. 1910s … Historical dictionary of American slang
doohickey — wet stuff that forms on your hickey early in the morning. Say, what s that doohickey? … Dictionary of american slang
doohickey — noun (plural hickeys; also hickies) Etymology: probably from doodad + hickey Date: 1914 doodad 2 … New Collegiate Dictionary
doohickey — /dooh hik ee/, n., pl. doohickeys. Informal. a gadget; dingus; thingumbob. [1910 15, Amer.; DOO(DAD) + HICKEY] * * * … Universalium
doohickey — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. gadget (see instrumentality). II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. see doodad III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Informal. A small specialized mechanical device: concern, contraption, contrivance, gadget,… … English dictionary for students