noun gim·mick \ˈgi-mik\

: a method or trick that is used to get people's attention or to sell something

Full Definition of GIMMICK

a :  a mechanical device for secretly and dishonestly controlling gambling apparatus
b :  an ingenious or novel mechanical device :  gadget
a :  an important feature that is not immediately apparent :  catch
b :  an ingenious and usually new scheme or angle
c :  a trick or device used to attract business or attention <a marketing gimmick>
gim·micky \-mi-kē\ adjective

Examples of GIMMICK

  1. The proposal to cut taxes was just an election gimmick to win votes.
  2. <that free magazine subscription they offer is just a sales gimmick to get you to buy their product>

Origin of GIMMICK

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1922

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with GIMMICK



Definition of GIMMICK

transitive verb
:  to alter or influence by means of a gimmick
:  to provide with a gimmick —often used with up

First Known Use of GIMMICK


Rhymes with GIMMICK

GIMMICK Defined for Kids


noun gim·mick \ˈgi-mik\

Definition of GIMMICK for Kids

:  a method or trick used to get people's attention or to sell something


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