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English definition of “thingamabob”


noun [C]     /ˈθɪŋ.ə.mə.bɒb/ US  /-bɑːb/ (also thingamajig, UK also thingummy) informal
a word used, especially in spoken English, when the name of an object has been forgotten: I need one of those red thingamabobs for this - Do you have one? → See also thingyNames and titles
(Definition of thingamabob noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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