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Words used when you do not know or cannot remember what someone or something is called - synonyms or related words

X

noun

used instead of saying the name of a person or place when you do not know it, or when you are using them as an example

so-and-so

noun

informal

used for referring to someone whose name you do not know. You can refer to a thing whose name you do not know as such-and-such

widget

noun

informal

a small object or piece of equipment that you do not know the name of

doodah

noun

British

informal

used for referring to something that you cannot remember the name of

whatchamacallit

noun

spoken

a word that you use for referring to something when you cannot remember what it is called

whatsername

pronoun

spoken

a word that you use for referring to a woman whose name you cannot remember

whatsisname

pronoun

spoken

a word that you use for referring to a man whose name you cannot remember

thingy

noun

spoken

used for referring to something when you do not know or cannot remember the name of it

whatsit

noun

British

spoken

a word that you use for referring to an object when you cannot remember what it is called

thingy

noun

spoken

British

used for referring to someone whose name you do not know or cannot remember

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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