A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall, or that one is embarrassed to say)

Pass me one of those whatsits, will you?

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  • Whatsit — may refer to: * Waterman Whatsit, an aeroplane designed by Waldo Waterman * Mrs. Whatsit, a character in A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L Engle * Wotsits, a cheesy crisp produced by Walkers * Whatsit, a cadigan similar to Whatchamacallit * The… …   Wikipedia

  • WHATSIT — WHATSIT? is a freeform database program that was available for the Apple II and the CP/M operating system. It was developed by Lyall Morill (Computer Headware) in 1977. The name is an acronym for Wow! How d All That Stuff get In There? .Morill… …   Wikipedia

  • whatsit — ► NOUN informal ▪ a person or thing whose name one cannot recall, does not know, or does not wish to specify …   English terms dictionary

  • whatsit — [[t](h)wɒ̱tsɪt[/t]] whatsits N VAR You use whatsit instead of a noun or name which you cannot remember or which you do not want to say because it is rude. [SPOKEN] We wanted to be here early in case the whatsit, maintenance supervisor had… …   English dictionary

  • whatsit — UK [ˈwɒtsɪt] / US [ˈwɑtsɪt] noun [countable] Word forms whatsit : singular whatsit plural whatsits British spoken a word that you use for referring to an object when you cannot remember what it is called …   English dictionary

  • whatsit — also whatsis or what is it noun Etymology: whatsit & whatsis contraction of what is it Date: circa 1882 thingamajig …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whatsit — whats|it [ˈwɔtsıt US ˈwa:ts , ˈwʌts ] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: what s it?] spoken a word you use when you cannot think of the word you want ▪ Try and undo the screw to get the whatsit off …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whatsit — noun (C) spoken a word you use when you cannot think of the word you want: Try and undo the screw to get the whatsit off …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Whatsit, Mr —    An impolite nonce name used to a man whose name is not known or not remembered, a variant of ‘What’s your name’. ‘Now, Mr Whatsit you just stop listenin’ to that jabber’ is said aggressively by an Englishman to an Italian in Shipmaster, by… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • whatsit — /hwuts it, hwots , wuts , wots /, n. Informal. whatsis. [reduction of what is it] * * * …   Universalium

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