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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Definitions for gizmo

  1. A mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown; a gadget.

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Citations for gizmo
Perhaps mindful that the machines might not swing, Metheny began with the gizmos turned off, employing an acoustic guitar for dark, Spanish-tinged tunes. Karl Stark, "Metheny's gizmo sidemen a bit flat", Philadephia Inquirer
Why did we have to wait until the end of the twentieth century for this gizmo to see the light of day? Paul Auster, Timbuktu
Origin of gizmo
Gizmo was originally 1940s U.S. Navy and Marine Corps slang, whose source is unknown.