word of the day: November 10, 2009
adv. Something that happens automatically, but that also has some mysterious, "magical" element to it. "Smart" appliances, features, etc. that do intelligent things with less help than you might expect.
I installed Windows, and it screwed up my system automagically!
Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you.
This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon and probably much earlier. The word `automagic' occurred in advertising (for a shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s.
"The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C, then automagically invokes cc(1) to produce an executable."
a process that happens automatically but cannot be explained to the processee how it actually happened.
Hey man, I just got a fax in my email inbox automagically, wtf??
When an action automatically happens and you are amazed how it happened.
The words automagically tabed in the Microsoft Word document when I clicked ok.
Used to explain the unexplainable behavior of something. Usually refers to computers.
"I tried it 15 times, and now, for some reason, it just automagically works !"
a. The action of causing processes to occur in the background without end users being aware of what is happening.
b. Making things work without requiring user intervention.
c. Fixing something without anyone seeing how it was done.
When I left work last night my computer program
would not launch
, but our technology
guy, Harold, fixed it by the next morning. The program automagically launched when I turn on my computer.
pertaining to the one's belief that the best will happen with no effort on her/his part.
The 2011 NYS budge will automagically appear (despite the Legislature failing to create it).