gizmo

noun
giz·​mo | \ ˈgiz-(ˌ)mō \
variants: or less commonly gismo
plural gizmos also gismos

Definition of gizmo

: gadget

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Examples of gizmo in a Sentence

He broke the gizmo he uses to open and close his garage door. found all sorts of interesting woodworking gizmos in the garage

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Thanks to the coffee-making gizmos, gadgets, and tools displayed on the counter, this slim joint in artsy Smithfield has the vibe of a science lab. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Best Coffee Shops in Dublin," 20 June 2018 Many observers were quickly won over, like wide-eyed kids switching on new gizmos. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Video refereeing a boon and a bust at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Far away in Paris, though, one designer is taking a more definitively philosophical and sartorial approach to all of these gadgets and gizmos and cyberworlds that rule our lives. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Apple Released the XS, Instagram Had a Shakeup, and John Galliano Gave Us Margiela iPhone Ankle Holsters Again," 26 Sep. 2018 This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, expect discounts on everything from smart speakers, laptops, TVs, headphones, smartphones, and every gadget and gizmo in between. Natt Garun, The Verge, "All the best tech deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018," 15 Nov. 2018 Among the gizmo-tech are standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Blue Link, which effectively turns your phone into your car’s remote control. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018 Today Facebook is unveiling Portal, its version of a kitchen or living-room gadget meant to compete with Alexa devices from Amazon and related gizmos from Google. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?," 8 Oct. 2018 The walls were bright white and covered in high-tech gizmos and gadgets. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "This Pro Skydiver Was Invincible—Until his Heart Stopped Beating Regularly," 22 June 2018 There are a lot of electronic gizmos to conform the ride to the driver, and putting it in dynamic mode tightens the suspension and steering, delays the shift points and puts a smile on your face. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no family truckster," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of gizmo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gizmo

origin unknown

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gizmo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

: a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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