- a gadget or device: What is this gismo supposed to do?
Origin of gismo
First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for gizmo
When my father died in 1967, I inherited the gizmo and used it until I ran out of its special razor blades in the mid-1970s.
I wrote the company, explained the situation, and wondered where could I buy blades for their gizmo?
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There is also a trend toward ‘O’-ending names, such as Leo, Romeo, Rocco, Oreo, Gizmo and Milo.Top 20 Dog Names of the Future
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- slang a device; gadget
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.
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