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
v. To inexplicably overcome a perilous situation through the skillful use of random or otherwise unrelated objects.
Dude, I'll Macgyver that shit.
by Detroit Rock citeee September 25, 2010
The act of sticking a stalk of celery out of your butt and lying naked, face down on the floor. Your chick then proceeds to begin fucking the celery as the celery as it simultaneously penetrates your ass.
Friend: "Mmmmm....Is that celery with Peanut Butter?"

You: "Nah, I MacGyvered that shit."
by KnightLite October 10, 2010
An invincible being from another dimension who can turn anything into anything. Possesses limitless knowledge of any subject matter. Uses his powers for good, in exchange for sex with vast quantities of women. Has a mullet that can deflect any man-made weaponry. Invented nearly every machine or tool in existence today, but gave credit to others in exchange for sex with wives, sisters, daughters, etc.
Jesus tried to fuck with some atheists, but Macgyver stepped in and saved the day.
by Carl Perkins October 02, 2010
to construct a bong or any drug paraphernalia from ordinary household scraps in a maximum of 5 minutes.
Short on cash, and long on weight, steve macgyvered a bowl outta a half apple.
by KoalaHandles August 12, 2009
1.) noun. Well known show during the 80s which involed a character named Macgyver which solved many problems with scavenged items.

2.) verb. To freestyle something, to perform without proper training or experience but using past knowledge un-related to the current task inorder to succeed.

3.) verb. To half-assedly build something, to build with only the hope it will work once.
student 1: Man that test was really hard, I could barely remember my notes for that.

student 2: I did'nt know the stuff either, so I just Macgyvered that shit.

student 1: Niiiiiice.
by uber1ord October 30, 2007
1.(n.) Main character of a popular T.V. show in the 1980s with unbridled ingenuity and cunning.
2.(n.) 1980s T.V. show where in every episode the hero would use objects around him to escape dire situations or fix something up through physics, chemistry, or duct tape.
3.(v.) To repair or enhance something previously broken through use of everday objects.
1. "The name's MacGyver. Just, MacGyver."
2. MacGyver created makeshift grenades from some junk and chemicals he found in an aircraft garage in order to get rid of the gunmen holding people hostage inside a diner.
3. Tim's mouse had broken, so he popped it open and used some chewing gum to MacGyver it back together for a while.
by Zetastic July 15, 2005
The act of a getting punched in the face by a cool guy
Random guy: OMG arthur Macgyvered me
by yesforsuredawg April 03, 2009

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