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 Our reporters trouped down to Las Vegas this week to revel, play a few slots, and oh yeah, check out the shiny, gizmo-laden future of transportation. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Sony Concept, Flying Taxis, and More Car News This Week," 12 Jan. 2020 The majority of her readers have never known adulthood without that gizmo’s mitigating influence. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Rupi Kaur Is the Writer of the Decade," 23 Dec. 2019 Balls and strikes are determined by gizmos and relayed to the earpiece of the home plate umpire, who then announces the outcome., "■ It’s possible New Hampshire will be the only New England state to offer sports betting by the end of 2020.," 27 Dec. 2019 And with all the gadgets and gizmos that might arrive in your household this winter, now's the time to soup up your Wi-Fi. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Amazon is discounting Eero mesh Wi-Fi systems for Cyber Monday," 2 Dec. 2019 Enjoy the changes coming to tech because today’s gadgets and gizmos are only going to get better. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 things you don’t need around the house anymore because of tech," 2 Dec. 2019 Moreover, Phil had special effects that other Disney shows, like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, didn't, so creating all the gadgets and gizmos for a family from the 22nd century was an expensive and time-consuming process. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Phil of the Future's Raviv Ullman Talks Pheely, Reunions, and That Cliffhanger Finale," 12 Nov. 2019 With the clock ticking down to Thanksgiving day sales and the five precious days that culminate with Cyber Monday, the game is on for consumers looking to score the best deals on the toys, games and gizmos on their shopping lists. Washington Post, "Black Friday Survival Guide: Hot toys, gifts for gamers, and how to score the best deals," 27 Nov. 2019 Luigi must use the existing E. Gadd ghostbusting arsenal, amped up with a few new gizmos, to save his friends while capturing a range of ghosts big and small. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Luigi’s Mansion 3 review: The most “Nintendo” game from Nintendo in years," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of gizmo was in 1942

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4 Feb 2020

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“Gizmo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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