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catch (drawback)

Definition:

a drawback or difficulty that isn't readily evident

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Related to:

catchy

Plural:

catches

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

it sounds good but what's the catch?

Synonyms:

gimmick

Etymology:

Anglo-French or Old NorseFr. cachier "catch, capture" (animals) (Old French...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

gimmick | gimmickry [noun, derived]

something designed to attract extra attention, interest, or publicity | any clever device, gadget, or stratagem, especially one used to deceive | ... (20 of 485 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gimmick

Wikipedia:

Gimmick

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... (42 of 397 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Gimmick

Gimmick (disambiguation)

may refer to: Gimmick, a novelty feature in marketing, magic/illusion, and psychology | Gimmick, a professional wrestling term | Gimmick!, a video game developed by Sunsoft | Gimmick! (manga), a 2005-7 manga series | Gimmicks, mysterious toy-like... (33 of 131 words, 9 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

gimmick [entry 1, noun] | gadget [synonym, sense-specific] | catch [synonym, sense-specific] | artifice [synonym, sense-specific] | device [synonym, sense-specific] | dodge [synonym, sense-specific] | fetch [synonym, sense-specific] | flimflam [synonym, sense-specific] | gambit [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a mechanical device for secretly and dishonestly controlling gambling apparatus ; an ingenious or novel mechanical device; "gadget" | an important ... (20 of 175 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gimmick

gimmick [entry 2, verb]

to alter or influence by means of a gimmick | to provide with a gimmick [often used with "up"] (18 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gimmick show=1

Random House Dictionary:

gimmick

an ingenious or novel device, scheme, or stratagem, especially one designed to attract attention or increase appeal. | a concealed, usually devious ... (21 of 117 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gimmick

American Heritage Dictionary:

gimmick | gimmicked [past tense] | gimmicking [present participle] | gimmicks [3rd-person singular present] | gimmicky [adjective, related]

A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus. | An innovative or ... (23 of 103 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gimmick

Oxford Dictionary:

gimmick | gimmicky [derived]

a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity, or trade (11 of 99 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gimmick

New World Dictionary:

gimmick [United States] | gimmicky [adjective, related]

a secret means of controlling a gambling device ; anything that tricks or mystifies; deceptive or secret device | an attention-getting device or ... (22 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gimmick

Macmillan British Dictionary:

gimmick [countable] | gimmicks [plural] | gimmickier [comparative] | gimmickiest [superlative] | gimmicky [adjective, related]

something that is intended to impress and interest you but is really not at all useful (16 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gimmick

Cambridge Dictionary:

gimmick [disapproving] | gimmicky [adjective, disapproving, derived]

something which is not serious or of real value that is used to attract people's attention or interest temporarily, especially to make them buy ... (24 of 51 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gimmick

Wiktionary:

gimmick | gimmicks [plural] | gimmicked [past tense] | gimmicking [present participle] | gimmic [sense-specific]

A trick or device used to reach some end. | A clever ploy or strategy. | To rig or set up with a trick or device. (24 of 40 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gimmick

Britannica Encyclopedia:

catch [music] | round [synonym]

perpetual canon designed to be sung by three or more unaccompanied male voices, especially popular in 17th- and 18th-century England. Like all rounds, ... (23 of 259 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/99277​/catch

Encarta Dictionary:

gimmick | gimmicks [plural]

a piece of trickery or manipulation intended to achieve a result dishonestly | a piece of concealed information that, if known, would make an offer or ... (25 of 98 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861675310​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

catch

First use: about 1200

Origin: Anglo-French or Old NorseFr. cachier "catch, capture" (animals) (Old French chacier, French chasser "to hunt"; making it a ... (20 of 134 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=catch

Wiktionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle] | catches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English cacchen, from Anglo-Norman cachier, from Old Northern French, from Late Latin captiare, from Latin captare. Akin to Modern French chasser (from Old French chacier, whence English... (28 of 31 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catch

Oxford Dictionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | a | of cold | catch hell [North American] | catch at [North American] | be caught in [North American] | catch yourself on [North American] | be/get caught up in [North American]

Origin: Middle English (also in the sense "chase"): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French cachier, variant of Old French chacier, ... (20 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/catch

New World Dictionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle]

Origin: Middle English cacchen from Anglo-French cachier from Vulgar Latin *captiare from Latin captare, to seize from past ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catch

American Heritage Dictionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle] | catches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English cacchen, from Old North French cachier, to chase, from Latin captāre, frequentative of capere, to ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/catch

Collins Dictionary:

catch

First use: 13th century

Origin: cacchen to pursue, from Old Northern French cachier, from Latin captāre to snatch, from capere to seize

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catch

catch | catch-22

First use: 20th century

Origin: from the title of a novel (1961) by the US writer J. Heller (1923-99)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catch-22

Merriam-Webster:

catch [entry 1, verb] | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English cacchen, from Anglo-French cacher, chacher, chacer to hunt, from Vulgar Latin *captiare, alteration ... (17 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/catch

Encarta Dictionary:

catch | catches [plural] | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Anglo-Norman or Old French cachier "chase" from Latin captare "try to catch" from capere "take"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861595425​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle] | catches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catch"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/catch

Macmillan British Dictionary:

catch | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle] | catches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "catch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/catch

catch [noun] | catches [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "catch"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

catch [verb] | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle] | catches [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catch"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/catch

catch [noun] | catches [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catch"

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Collins Dictionary:

catch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catch"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/catch

Cambridge Dictionary:

catch [entry 3] | caught [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "catch"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "catch"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/catch 3

the Free Dictionary:

catch

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "catch"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "catch"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "catch" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/catch

Google Dictionary:

catch | catches [plural] | caught [past tense] | catching [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "catch"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

catch

Audio: North American pronunciation of "catch"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=catch​001 word=catch

YourDictionary Audio:

catch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catch" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

catch

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "catch" by speech synthesizer

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