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or gizmo

[giz-moh] /ˈgɪz moʊ/
noun, plural gismos. Informal.
a gadget or device:
What is this gismo supposed to do?
Origin of gismo
First recorded in 1940-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  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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