To use the seemingly useless trinkets and objects in your close vicinity together to accomplish an otherwise impossible task.
So I took my shoelaces, tied them together, lassoed the gas petal (with a paperclip), slid a wrench down it (to change the direction of force), threaded it through the steering wheel, and attached it to the door handle, so when I opened the car door and jumped out, the force from opening the door would cause the car to let on the gas and drive towards the men with the bazookas, letting me escape.”
by Mark Hoye June 28, 2005
by Coo April 11, 2005
To make do with what is on hand at the moment; to build from scratch with whatever is on hand; to rig.
Having no money to buy a real workbench for their clubhouse, the kids macgyvered a table by using an old board placed over two barrels, and found it worked just as well.
by Donni September 05, 2005
To diffuse or overcome a sticky situation by using insignificant objects....such as paperclips, chewing gum, or contraceptive devices
I locked my keys in the car and was going to be late for a job interview...so I totally MacGyvered a coathanger and a condom wrapped in double sided tape to fish them out!.
by Brandon Potter November 30, 2006