from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus.
- n. An innovative or unusual mechanical contrivance; a gadget.
- n. An innovative stratagem or scheme employed especially to promote a project: an advertising gimmick.
- n. A significant feature that is obscured, misrepresented, or not readily evident; a catch.
- n. A small object whose name does not come readily to mind.
- transitive v. To add gimmicks to; clutter with gadgets or attention-getting details. Often used with up.
- transitive v. To change or affect by means of a gimmick.
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- n. A trick or device used to reach some end.
- n. A clever ploy or strategy.
- v. To rig or set up with a trick or device.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
- n. any clever maneuver
- n. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)