giz·​mo | \ ˈgiz-(ˌ)mō How to pronounce gizmo (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web One potential new gizmo in the detective toolkit for undertaking murder investigations is something only now starting to appear. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 22 May 2021 Penn Station removed the amazing gizmo in 2000 in favor of a silent, all-digital replacement. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 21 May 2021 In 2008, Golestanian and a colleague showed that, in theory, a gizmo consisting of just three identical beads connected by two springs can swim. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 13 May 2021 But what the Whoop gizmo does do is slurp up a lot of biometric data, specifically about the heart. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 17 Mar. 2021 For those who drink a bottle of wine over the course of days (but not weeks), this inexpensive gizmo is the way to go. Tina Danze, Dallas News, 17 Dec. 2020 That said, there’s a new gizmo that intrigues me, called WinePrO2. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 Fans of the gizmo were seriously shocked with the icky grime this Bissell model managed to suck up—not to mention the water tank is removable, so users post weirdly satisfying before and afters. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2020 The point of the gizmo isn’t to eliminate the need for the human touch. David Segal, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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