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[giz-moh] /ˈgɪz moʊ/
noun, plural gizmos.
1. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gizmo
  • In the photograph, he's proudly showing his father some sort of gizmo that had to do with the airplanes he flew.
  • gizmo users of the future will also look back in pity on what flows through those circuits.
  • At that price, this gizmo begins to make more economic sense.
  • The app can even be installed on a second gizmo, after the first one has gone astray, and used to locate it.
  • The latest gizmo for adventurous home chefs is something millions of us already use every day: a handheld computer.
  • If someone wonders why you're not buying the latest, must-have fashion or gizmo, use the environment as an excuse.
  • gizmo's galore for the time, including power truck and hood.
  • Why some fans of a new gizmo are eager to misuse it.
  • Users of the latest mobile gizmo will know that it's time to buy or sell stocks when they feel vibrations in their pockets.
  • Or you invented a new gizmo for a single, specific use.
British Dictionary definitions for gizmo


noun (pl) -mos
(slang) a device; gadget
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gizmo

1942, "Marine and Navy usage for any old thing you can't put a name to" ["Life" magazine, July 30, 1945], of unknown origin, perhaps a made-up word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gizmo


  1. An unspecified or unspecifiable object; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; dingus, gadget: ''Why weren't you using the gismo?'' ''I was. It didn't work''/ ''What's this gizmo?'' I asked. ''The hand brake''/ Guy tried to shove a Pepsi bottle in his wife's giz
  2. gimmick (Gambling)
  3. A man; fellow; guy: What's this gizmo have in mind?

[WWII Navy & Marine Corps; origin unknown; it has been suggested that it is fr Moroccan Arabic ki smuh, learned during the invasion of North Africa in 1942]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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