Definitions for gimmickˈgɪm ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gim•mickˈgɪm ɪk(n.)

  1. an ingenious or novel device or stratagem, esp. one used to draw attention or increase appeal; stunt; ploy.

  2. a concealed, usu. devious feature of something, as a plan or deal.

  3. a hidden mechanical device by which a magician works a trick or a gambler controls a game of chance.

  4. (v.t.)to equip or embellish with unnecessary features (often fol. by up).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of gimmick:

1925–30

gim′mick•y(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catch, gimmick(noun)

    a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

    "it sounds good but what's the catch?"

  2. doodad, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick, gizmo, gismo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingumabob, thingmabob, thingamajig, thingumajig, thingmajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatchamacallum, whatsis, widget(noun)

    something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known

    "she eased the ball-shaped doodad back into its socket"; "there may be some great new gizmo around the corner that you will want to use"

  3. device, gimmick, twist(noun)

    any clever maneuver

    "he would stoop to any device to win a point"; "it was a great sales gimmick"; "a cheap promotions gimmick for greedy businessmen"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. gimmick(noun)ˈɪmɪk

    sth attractive but useless that makes people want to buy sth

    advertising/sales gimmicks

Wiktionary

  1. gimmick(Noun)

    A trick or device used to reach some end.

    The box had a gimmick to make the coin appear to vanish.

  2. gimmick(Noun)

    A clever ploy or strategy.

    The contest was a gimmick to get people to sign up for their mailing list.

  3. gimmick(Verb)

    To rig or set up with a trick or device.

    The magician's box was gimmicked with a wire that made it appear to open on its own.

Freebase

  1. Gimmick

    In marketing language, a gimmick is a unique or quirky special feature that makes something "stand out" from its contemporaries. However, the special feature is typically thought to be of little relevance or use. Thus, a gimmick is a special feature for the sake of having a special feature. It began, however, as a slang term for something that a con artist or magician had his assistant manipulate to make appearances different from reality. Such things as the manipulating of a gaming wheel led to the idea of a "gimmick" being used. Musicians often use gimmicks such as Slash's top hat, Angus Young's schoolboy uniform and Deadmau5's mouse helmet In marketing, product gimmicks are sometimes considered mere novelties, and not really that relevant to the product's functioning, sometimes even earning negative connotations. However, some seemingly trivial gimmicks of the past have evolved into useful, permanent features. According to the OED, the word is first attested in 1926, defined in the Wise-Crack Dictionary by Main and Grant as "a device used for making a fair game crooked". Finding a successful gimmick for an otherwise mundane product is often an important part of the marketing process. For example, toothbrushes are often given various gimmicks, such as bright colors, easy-grip handles, or color-changing bristles so they appear more exciting to consumers. This is often done when trying to appeal to children or excitable adults, who often get more excited about the gimmick than the product. Electronic toys and hand-held devices are often appealing because of a gimmick that they offer.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

gimmick(noun)

something used to attract attention to something or someone

an advertising gimmick.

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