thingy

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From thing +‎ -y.

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thingy (plural thingies)

  1. (informal) A thing (used to refer to something vaguely or when one cannot recall its name).
  2. (slang, euphemistic, childish) Penis.
    • 2004, Richard Tinsley, Walking on the Son:
      He pulled out his thingy. It was huge.

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thingy (comparative thingier, superlative thingiest)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of a thing; tangible.
    • 1985, A. S. Byatt, Still Life:
      The most unpleasant, and also the thingiest, the central thing in Foreign Parts, was a giant banyan tree, putting out more and more suckers which created tangled arches, a swollen hiding-place of a tree, a series of organic traps, []
    • 2017, Francis Spufford, True Stories: And Other Essays, page 128:
      The secret of even the thingiest SF, the most solid-walnut-to-the-knuckles fantasy, is that you don't need much to summon worlds out of air, so long as the details are the right ones.

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