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

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But Nike also insists that this isn’t just a gadget or gizmo for the feet, something techies and sneakerheads will get because of the coolness factor. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves," 11 Feb. 2019 The World Maker Faire will be held in New York later this month, and tinkerers from across the globe will descend on this city to exchange ideas and build a variety of awesome gizmos and gadgets. Popular Mechanics Shop Team, Popular Mechanics, "Learn CAD and 3D Printing With This $20 Bundle," 28 Sep. 2018 The Chefman triple slow cooker on Amazon has three separate crocks, allowing you to consolidate your cooking into one handy gizmo that does all of the work for you. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Triple Slow Cooker Is Here to Save Your Holidays—And It's Only $40 on Amazon," 6 Nov. 2018 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,, "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

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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

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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