Definition of MacGyver in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈɡʌɪvə/


[with object] US informal
Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand: he MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log he has a shock of short red hair and a pair of rectangular-framed glasses MacGyvered with duct tape
More example sentences
  • An hour after we headed out to sea, Toby had remedied our predicament by MacGyvering a replacement from plumbing parts and rope.
  • She mastered the at of MacGyvering some clothes out of whatever you can steal from somebody else's tent.
  • I know you're laughing, but you have no idea how many things I've "MacGyvered" with paper clips.


1990s: from Angus MacGyver, the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way.

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