whatchamacallit
noun Etymology: alteration of what you may call it Date: 1928 thingamajig

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Whatchamacallit — Whatchamacallit, a shortened version of what you may call it, may refer to: Whatchamacallit, a placeholder name used for something whose name is unknown Whatchamacallit (candy), a candy bar made by The Hershey Company Whatchamacallit , a song… …   Wikipedia

  • whatchamacallit — whatchamacallit, n. Any object whose name is forgotten, or not known. [Also spelled {whachamacallit}.] Syn: thingumbob, doohickey, dingus, whatsis, what do you call it. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whatchamacallit — 1928, compressed form of phrase what you may call it. Earliest recorded variant is what calle ye hym, attested from late 15c …   Etymology dictionary

  • whatchamacallit — [hwuch′ə mə kôl΄it, wuch′ə mə kôl΄it] n. [< what you may call it] Informal THINGAMAJIG …   English World dictionary

  • whatchamacallit — UK [ˈwɒtʃəməˌkɔːlɪt] / US [ˈwɑtʃəməˌkɔlɪt] / US [ˈhwɑtʃəməˌkɔlɪt] noun [countable] Word forms whatchamacallit : singular whatchamacallit plural whatchamacallits spoken a word that you use for referring to something when you cannot remember what… …   English dictionary

  • whatchamacallit — [“Avatfama”kalit] n. <a name for a person or thing whose real name has been forgotten or is being avoided.> □ Did you invite whatchamacallit to the party? □ I lost my you know my whatchamacallit my watch! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • whatchamacallit — whachamacallit whachamacallit, n. Any object whose name is forgotten, or not known. [Also spelled {whatchamacallit}.] Syn: thingumbob, doohickey, dingus, whatsis, what do you call it. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whatchamacallit — what|cha|ma|call|it [ˈwɔtʃəməˌko:lıt US ˈwa:tʃəməˌko:l , ˈwʌtʃ ] n [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: what you may call it] spoken a word you use when you cannot remember the name of something ▪ I ve broken the whatchamacallit on my bag …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whatchamacallit — Used when you can t remember the name for something. You know, the whatchamacallit, the thing that I put my hair up with? Oh, yeah! It s called a beret? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • whatchamacallit — Used when you can t remember the name for something. You know, the whatchamacallit, the thing that I put my hair up with? Oh, yeah! It s called a beret? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • whatchamacallit — noun (C) spoken a word you use when you cannot remember the name of something: I ve broken the whatchamacallit on my bag …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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