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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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,, "Review: 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no family truckster," 9 July 2018 In the Paris store, a five-minute walk from the Pompidou Center, Xiaomi is selling two higher-end smartphone models as well as some of its other electronic gizmos, including portable speakers and an electric scooter. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "How Will Xiaomi Play on the Champs-Élysées?," 29 May 2018 OTOTO Design has dozens of neat and colorful kitchen gizmos, and the Swanky is right up there with the best of them. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "This Is The Next Evolution In Groundbreaking Ladle Technology," 15 Nov. 2016 Here are 11 gadgets and gizmos perfect for Atlanta commuters: Audiobooks are the new paperbacks. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "11 gadgets and gizmos every Atlanta commuter needs," 22 June 2018 Instead of burning split and seasoned hardwood, these gizmos, from $400 to $1,000, are fueled by what looks like rabbit food, small pellets of compressed sawdust. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s money’s no object, high-end outdoor kitchens," 2 July 2018 Palm Beach County schools have increased bus driver salaries and bought new buses with the latest technological gizmos. Lois K. Solomon,, "School district looking to hire 50 bus drivers," 27 June 2018 Members of those groups ran adult bookstores and distribution networks for the various publications, films and gizmos that stocked them. Rick Kogan,, "Stormy Daniels is coming to the Admiral Theatre — a moment to talk about sex and this city," 31 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

: a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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