Meaning of COSO in Italian

Coso in Italian

Coso is a colloquial term that is used as a placeholder or a vague reference when someone can’t remember a particular name for something. It’s similar to saying “thingamajig”, “thingy” or “whatchamacallit” in English. Don’t use coso in formal language.

OriginFrom the Italian word cosa, “thing” or, in questions, “what”

Whatchamacallit, thingamajig

Coso in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, coso has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un coso
A whatchamacallit

Dei cosi
Some whatchamacallits

Il coso
The whatchamacallit

I cosi
The whatchamacallits

a... whatchamacallit

Coso in Italian: Examples

Cos’è quel coso sul tavolino del soggiorno?
What is that whatchamacallit on the coffee table in the living room?

Mi passi quel coso? Sì, quel coso azzurro.
Can you pass me that thingamajig? Yes, that blue thing.

Come si chiama quel coso per avvitare le viti? – Cacciavite.
What do you call that thingamajig for screwing in screws? – Screwdriver.

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