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gizmo

[giz-moh]
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noun, plural giz·mos.
  1. gismo.
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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?
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Origin of gismo

First recorded in 1940–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for gizmo

gizmo

gismo

noun plural -mos
  1. slang a device; gadget
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Word Origin

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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