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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This gizmo involves a magnet, so don’t poke the bottom of your glass out of curiosity or you’ll get beer all over yourself. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "First Look: What’s the new Taco Bell Cantina got that other Taco Bells don’t?," 16 Aug. 2019 The plastic gizmo in Zhong Lin Wang’s hand doesn’t look like tomorrow’s solution to our looming energy crisis. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, "Energy Scavengers: Static Electricity Could Power the World," 6 Aug. 2019 These don’t tightly grip your phone but instead rely on gravity along with two or more alignment prongs to keep the gizmo in position. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "MN drivers: If you want to use your phone in the car, you’ll need a mount. Here’s how to select one.," 25 July 2019 The light from Riis’s flash powder revealed the nooks and crannies of poverty, the chiaroscuro of dirt and bedraggled cloth on skin illuminated by a burst of fire from the gizmo that shocked the subjects being photographed. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 Read more about him here: Meet San Antonio’s Tiger Woods of brisket trimming Paul Stephen also weighs in on Father’s Day with eight kitchen gadgets and gizmos for the dad who can thrown down in the kitchen or at the grill. Emily Spicer,, "Listen: Just what is the role of a food critic?," 12 June 2019 Another prime candidate, presumably, may be 1%ers who can afford to shell out $12,000 for the basic Mac Pro and would enjoy the bragging rights of owning the latest Apple gizmo. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Apple's top Mac Pro computer costs more than the average car," 4 June 2019 Even so, it can be considered a precursor of today’s laser pointers and other similar gizmos. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "The Soviet Laser Space Pistol, Revealed," 14 June 2018 After all, the Men in Black franchise is about aliens, gizmos that go pew-pew-pew, mind-wiping gadgets, and saving the world. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Men in Black: International is charming and fun but squanders the chance to tell a richer story," 12 June 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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Dictionary Entries near gizmo

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gizzard erosion

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The first known use of gizmo was in 1942

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English Language Learners Definition of gizmo

informal : a usually small mechanical or electronic device

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