gizmo

[giz-moh]
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gismo

or giz·mo

[giz-moh]
noun, plural gis·mos. Informal.
  1. 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

Contemporary Examples of 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.

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    Real Men Cut Their Own Hair

    David Frum

    September 24, 2012

  • I wrote the company, explained the situation, and wondered where could I buy blades for their gizmo?

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    Real Men Cut Their Own Hair

    David Frum

    September 24, 2012

  • The third gizmo is the Laser Genesis, which treats fine lines, redness, and uneven skin texture.

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    The $1,250 Facial

    Beth Landman

    March 18, 2010

  • There is also a trend toward ‘O’-ending names, such as Leo, Romeo, Rocco, Oreo, Gizmo and Milo.

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    Top 20 Dog Names of the Future

    Linda Rosenkrantz

    February 14, 2010


British Dictionary definitions for gizmo

gizmo

gismo

noun plural -mos
  1. slang a device; gadget

Word Origin for gizmo

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gizmo
n.

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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