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
Recent Examples on the Web No matter the time of the year, CNN Underscored is always testing a gadget or gizmo. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best tech products we tested in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 For those who drink a bottle of wine over the course of days (but not weeks), this inexpensive gizmo is the way to go. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Dallas wine experts share their 15 top holiday gift ideas," 17 Dec. 2020 That said, there’s a new gizmo that intrigues me, called WinePrO2. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Holiday gift ideas for wine lovers: Tasting kits, virtual classes, gadgets and wine TV," 4 Dec. 2020 Fans of the gizmo were seriously shocked with the icky grime this Bissell model managed to suck up—not to mention the water tank is removable, so users post weirdly satisfying before and afters. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "21 things people love on TikTok that are actually worth the money," 4 Dec. 2020 The point of the gizmo isn’t to eliminate the need for the human touch. David Segal, New York Times, "To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy," 15 Nov. 2020 The compact gizmo weighs just over 1 pound but packs plenty of power. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 2 Oct. 2020 There are always things that can be tweaked to make production easier, to satisfy customers, or to take advantage of some new gadget or gizmo that showed up in the meantime. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche boosts battery capacity by 27 percent for 2021 Panamera hybrid," 22 Sep. 2020 The Black + Decker 16-cup rice cooker and warmer included in this sale is one such gizmo that falls from $44.99 to $19.99 and also has more than 650 ratings to back it up/pledge for its impressive features. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Small kitchen appliances are on sale for $20 at Macy's—but not for long," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gizmo

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gizmo

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9 Jan 2021

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“Gizmo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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