Etymology of 'dohickey'

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Christopher Johnson:
It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?

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The Grammer Genious:
[nq:1]It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?[/nq]
Obviously, you can't afford a dictionary. So then you certainly can't afford a computer.
So, where are you posting from? The public library?

But... the public library HAS a dictionary!
\\P. Schultz
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Martin Ambuhl:
[nq:1]It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?[/nq]
(SOED5)
doohickey, noun.
/"du;hIki/
colloq. (chiefly N. Amer.). Also dohickey, doohicky. E20. (from DOO(DAD + HICKEY.)
An unspecified object or device, esp. a mechanical one.

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sand:
[nq:2]It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?[/nq]
[nq:1]I don't know but you need a doohickey to get the dingus to framulate.[/nq]
And then again, there's that thingamabob that doesn't work -a don'thickey.
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Tony Cooper:
[nq:2]It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?[/nq]
[nq:1](SOED5) doohickey, noun. /"du;hIki/ colloq. (chiefly N. Amer.). Also dohickey, doohicky. E20. (from DOO(DAD + HICKEY.) An unspecified object or device, esp. a mechanical one.[/nq]
That would really be illuminating if one had any idea what a doo-dad was, and what kind of a hickey a doo-dad would combine with. The question wasn't what it is. The question was where does it come from.

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Tony Cooper:
[nq:2]It's not difficult to work out the meaning and origin of 'whatchamacallit', but where on earth does 'dohickey' come from?[/nq]
[nq:1]Obviously, you can't afford a dictionary. So then you certainly can't afford a computer. So, where are you posting from? The public library? But... the public library HAS a dictionary! \\P. Schultz[/nq]
Martin has kindly shown us that the dictionary doesn't provide the answer. The dictionary Martin used tells us what a doohickey is, but not where it comes from other than the combining of two words in a way that doesn't seem to explain anything, Thorndike Barnhart says it's a coined word. M-W says origin unknown.
Obviously, your dictionary is superior since you know the origin is there for the looking. It's as legitimate a question as most here. Do you have an answer or are you just posting to stifle curiosity?

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Dena Jo:
[nq:1]That would really be illuminating if one had any idea what a doo-dad was, and what kind of a hickey a doo-dad would combine with.[/nq]
I knew what a doo-dad is, but I only knew the other definition of hickey.

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Martin Ambuhl:
[nq:1]Martin has kindly shown us that the dictionary doesn't provide the answer. The dictionary Martin used tells us what a ... as legitimate a question as most here. Do you have an answer or are you just posting to stifle curiosity?[/nq]
Since I did not provide the SOED5 entries for doo-dad or hickey, one might think that Tony (and CJ) might be wrong. But, in fact, they are right. SOED5 doesn't know where doo-dad comes from ...
doodad, noun.
/"du;dad/
Chiefly N. Amer. E20.
(Origin unkn.)
Something not readily nameable; a thingummy; esp. a fancy ornament of an unnecessary kind.
R. Davies Full of marquetry woodwork..and filigree doodads around the ceiling.
... or hickey.
hickey, noun.
/"hIki/
Chiefly N. Amer. E20.
(Origin unkn.)

1. A small gadget or device. E20.b. Something of little consequence. E20.

2. A pimple; a mark left by a love-bite. colloq. M20.
3. Printing. A spot of foreign matter appearing on a negative, a proof, ora final printed sheet. M20.

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