gizmo

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web As with any gizmo, keep in mind that these things are not foolproof. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Survival Guide to Finding and Purifying Water," 19 June 2020 Not with another cookie (though that works, too), but with the tools and gizmos that help take our baking to the next level. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "5 Baking Must-Haves Professional Chefs Keep in Their Home Kitchens," 21 May 2020 Fancy parts and gizmos in today’s luxury phones become tomorrow’s widespread, affordable and important technologies. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "Your iPhone Costs Too Much," 7 May 2020 Proust said that steamships insulted the dignity of distance — how much a greater insult do our electronic gizmos conjure up. Alexander Mccall Smith, Los Angeles Times, "What Alexander McCall Smith is reading, hearing and watching in quarantine," 9 Apr. 2020 In the video introducing the new gizmo, the yellow ball rolls into a bedroom one morning and signals the curtains to open. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Tennis Ball-Sized Robot Wants to Be Your Housekeeper," 8 Jan. 2020 View Sample Sign Up Now Of course, Apple is far from the only company that holds major events to boast about their latest gizmos — Google, Samsung, Microsoft and plenty of others do as well. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "What Apple Risks By Doing Momentous Events Without Momentous News," 16 Sep. 2019 Contemporary marketing often likes to add all kinds of gizmos, gadgets, and options, but keep in mind that additional features can often be additional failure points. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Pieces of Survival Gear We Can’t Live Without," 9 Sep. 2019 Most of our gizmos rely on generic hardware, much of it produced in China, used in consumer products worldwide. Zeynep Tufekci, Scientific American, "Attack of the Zombie Baby Monitors," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of gizmo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gizmo

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The first known use of gizmo was in 1942

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7 Jul 2020

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“Gizmo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gizmo. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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gizmo

noun
How to pronounce gizmo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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