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n. 1. Main character of an action/adventure TV show by the same name; full name Angus MacGyver; part secret agent, part handyman, part environmentalist; hated guns (only time he ever used a gun was to remove the revolving part of a revolver to use the rest of the gun as an improvised wrench to stop the meltdown of a nuclear reactor). 2. Action/adventure TV show of the 1980's; also a short series of made-for-TV movies after the show was cancelled. 3. a person who uses improvisation and available materials to handle a difficult/impossible situation.

v. 1. to handle a difficult situation through improvisation using only available materials. 2. to do an impossible activity. 3. to get the impossible girl (MacGyver had a different girl in every episode).

Note: the latter two verb definitions almost made it into the Webster Dictionary as slang because of their wide use by street gangs in LA in the 1980's (this was revealed by Richard Dean Anderson, the actor who portrayed MacGyver, on a Good Morning America episode). It was also mentioned that (supposedly) for one hour every week, gang activity decreased dramatically in LA because all of the gangs were indoors watching the TV show.

Note: It should also be noted that materials used to make explosions on the TV show always had an ingredient or two left out so that they could not be repeated by viewers. The show supposedly used help from CalTech students with some of its tricks.
In the first episode, MacGyver used the lactose and sugars in chocolate bars to stop a dangerous acid leak. Other episodes included, but were DEFINITELY NOT limited to...

...breaking out of a freezer using heat from the lights to melt ice, the run-off running down a metal slat to the freezer's latch, which then refroze, expanding and breaking the latch, openning the door.

...using a CO2 fire extinguisher, a wedge, and water to freeze the water in a crack in a boulder, expanding it so that the boulder broke apart and fell from a cliff to smash/disable a Russian APC.

...hiding a rebar inside a rolled up map so that it could later be used as a disguised weapon.

... placing a metal bowl on a food processor so that it would spin slowly, catching all of the electronic "hash" (white noise) generated by the rest of the kitchen equipment turned on to jam a micro-camera's transmission, giving MacGyver and friends a place to talk and plan without being eavesdropped on; in the same episode, using the motor of a small kitchen appliance, batteries, a belt, a small cart (like those used by typical hotel room service), and a helm from a suit of armor to provide a moving target to distract motion sensor-targetted machine guns so that Mac could escape from the booby-trapped mansion.

For more recent "MacGyverisms," interested parties should see the movie "Chain Reaction," in which Keneau Reeves plays a MacGyver-like hero who is thrust into a thrilling, domestic CIA, conspiracy theory adventure. He uses the same MacGyver style to defeat his opponents: jury-rigging a flat-bottomed boat with a fan-drive so that he and Rachel Weisz can make a getaway, attaching a chain to a moving belt to pull down a scaffold on the muscle chasing them, etc.

Those interested should also note that the entire series is on DVD, either by season or collected into one huge set covering every episode.
by Jim Gilbert January 03, 2009
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A man who can make everything from anything.
Some unknown facts about MacGyver:

Fact: On the 1st day, God created MACGYVER. On the 2nd day, God created knives and paperclips. On the 3rd day.. MACGYVER created everything else.

Fact: MACGYVER can invent 1000 different things using a ball of yarn and a pair of sunglasses. 999 of these things can kill a man. The remaining thing can kill a planet.

Fact: MACGYVER invented genocide using only blankets and smallpox.

Fact: The only thing that MACGYVER cannot produce with a soda can and an extension cord... is mercy.

Fact: One time, MACGYVER built a time machine out of an old refrigerator and a pocketwatch, and used it to travel to the ancient paradise of Atlantis. However, while there, he went on a drunken bender with with a magnifying glass and a book of matches. This area is now known as the Sahara.

Fact: Chuck Norris is an android built by MACGYVER in an attempt to find a worthy opponent.

Fact: Some crazy people claim that MACGYVER was just a TV character, played by Richard Dean Anderson. In actuality, Richard Dean Anderson was played by MACGYVER, and the show was a documentary, the events of which REALLY HAPPENED.

And the final Fact: Necessity is the mother of invention but... MACGYVER is the father.
by Bob Cardealer Lewis December 04, 2007
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9.
verb, to MacGyver is to juryrig something out of the items around you.
(As seen on the TV show MacGyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson)
You just MacGyvered your way into your house after being locked out using a paper clip and a shoelace.
by Angie Lanpher September 07, 2005
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MacGyver could make a computer out of a rubber band, a dead cat, and a LCD watch.
damn man! that guy took a pillow, a wind up toy, and a dildo and made an attack plane!
by lalahsghost January 21, 2004
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to fix/make something with everyday objects and ingenuity. from the star of the show "MacGyver" who's character made/fixed stuff with ordinary stuff
"macgyver made a spark plug out of a bent nail, in one episode"
by Tommy F. September 06, 2005
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12.
One of the most powerful men who has even been alive. He does not kill people, either does he smoke, which is a technique to show hidden messages about non-using of violence, smoking, and other stuff that MacGyver rejects doing. Also, since he is not using weapons, his enemies always gets incapacitated a lot longer when he hits them in the neck, but actually he hits on the shoulder, with an attempt to add some effects, making it look like it was on the neck, but it really wasn't.

If you watch MacGyver, you will early realize that he has a girl in every town, and is impossible to kill, even though he never uses weapons. Also, there is often a 8-12 year old child, that later becomes saved by MacGyver. And the episodes always depends on the tricks, that is used by MacGyver.

The graphics and animations, are what I call: Chuck Norris material. On other words, poor and old school. Even though the few explosions of MacGyvers home made bombs (which he create in 2 seconds) are pretty bad animated, it makes you feel good. I recommend you guys to have a MacGyver night, and watch MacGyver all night. You will thank me...

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In the episode "To be a man", in season 1, he makes some kind of mustard rocket, that flies on an Soviet soldier's stomach, making the soldier fly 5 meters out through the door, and somehow pointing the gun to himself, and pressing it. He instantly gets killed, by wearing a weapon - with other words, he killed himself. This is a typical MacGyver action, showing that weapons are bad.
by Micano October 04, 2007
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The God of Duct Tape.
Dear MacGyver,
Enclosed is a paperclip, a rubber band, and a straw. Please save my dog. - Peter Griffen
by Jarred Beall February 20, 2005
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a guy who can build a bomb out of a rubber band, a popsicle, and a straw.
Macgyver saved us with just a screw, a piece of string, and a fortune cookie!!
by sens-ay March 26, 2005
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