Meaning of “whatchamacallit” in the English Dictionary

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"whatchamacallit" in British English

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whatchamacallitnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈwɒtʃ.ə.məˌkɔːl.ɪt/ us /ˈwɑː.tʃə.məˌkɑː.lɪt/ informal

used when you are speaking about something or someone whose name you can not remember:

I need a - a whatchamacallit - one of those things that you can caramelize sugar with.

(Definition of “whatchamacallit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whatchamacallitnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhwʌtʃ·ə·məˌkɔ·lət, ˈwʌtʃ-, ˈhwɑtʃ-, ˈwɑtʃ-/

(used when you cannot remember or do not know the name of something) an object:

My whatchamacallit is broken – the thing that controls the oven temperature.

(Definition of “whatchamacallit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)