gimmick vs thingamajig what difference

what is difference between gimmick and thingamajig

English

Etymology

Unknown. Possibly a rough anagram of magic or from gimme.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡɪm.ɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmɪk

Noun

gimmick (plural gimmicks)

  1. A trick or device used to attain some end.
    The box had a gimmick to make the coin appear to vanish.
    • April 19 2002, Scott Tobias, AV Club Fightville[1]
      Epperlein and Tucker focus on two featherweight hopefuls: Dustin Poirier, a formidable contender who’s looking to parlay a history of schoolyard violence and street-fighting into a potential career, and Albert Stainback, a more thoughtful yet more erratic and undisciplined fighter whose chief gimmick is entering the ring wearing a hat like the one Malcolm McDowell wore in A Clockwork Orange.
  2. A clever ploy or strategy.
    The contest was a gimmick to get people to sign up for their mailing list.
  3. (electronics) A gimmick capacitor.
  4. (Philippines) A night out with one’s friends.

Derived terms

  • gimmicky
  • gimmickry

Translations

Verb

gimmick (third-person singular simple present gimmicks, present participle gimmicking, simple past and past participle gimmicked)

  1. 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.

Translations


French

Etymology

From English gimmick.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡi.mik/

Noun

gimmick m (plural gimmicks)

  1. gimmick


English

Alternative forms

  • thingumajig

Etymology

Unknown. Compare thingum, thingamabob, etc..

Noun

thingamajig (plural thingamajigs)

  1. (slang) Something that one does not know the name of.
    He used this, this… this thingamajig you saw him with the other day to fix the problem.

Synonyms

  • gizmo
  • whatchamacallit
  • whatshumacallit
  • whatsitsname
  • widget
  • thing
  • thingamabob
  • thingy
  • doojigger
  • doohickey
  • doover
  • See also Thesaurus:thingy

Translations

See also

  • Wikipedia article on placeholder names

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