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

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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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gizmo was in 1942

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“Gizmo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or gismo
plural gizmos or gismos
: gadget

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