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

Definition of gizmo

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web This tiny little gizmo plugs into a USB-A port on a desktop or laptop computer and provides superb audio quality and multi-point connectivity for use with a softphone or any video meeting software like Zoom, Teams or Skype. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Caprice is a former trauma surgeon; her operating theater is now an actual theater, her scalpels controlled by a weird gizmo that looks like some kind of melted video-game controller. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2022 Like any new tech gizmo, this program is a fledgling product with pros and cons and the potential to be much better. New York Times, 25 May 2022 Several of Royal’s newest ships have sailed with the guest-pleasing gizmo, including four Oasis-class ships and five Quantum-class ships. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 All heads are bent toward the phone, that tiny gizmo that can tell us the temperature in Mobile or Mumbai or Montgomery in two seconds and show us how to get there, too. Beth Thames |, al, 6 Apr. 2022 The best gizmo in the Batman’s bag of high-tech tricks is a pair of contact lenses that are also video cameras beaming their signal to the devices of his choice. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2022 The fanciest fire-lighting gizmo on the market probably isn’t as good as a simple lighter, Gookin says. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 30 July 2014 But many contenders go one step beyond and present something unique and special — an object or gizmo that without it the whole film could flop over. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gizmo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gizmo

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26 Jun 2022

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“Gizmo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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