whatsit


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 forgotten to deal with it...

He's got that fiery temper which scares the whatsit out of everybody.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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 — 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

  • whatsit — noun 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? …   Wiktionary