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contraption

[kuh n-trap-shuh n] /kənˈtræp ʃən/
noun, Informal.
1.
a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.
Origin of contraption
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps contr(ivance) + (ad)aption, variant of adaptation
Related forms
contraptious, adjective
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  • But it took ten days to get the contraption ready for the next fizzle.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • My children's teeth never had to have all this contraption on them.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • When we find Craven, we'll find the contraption that's blanketing Jupiter and its moons.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • Go upstairs again, Amy, and haul up this end of the contraption.

  • Wall, stranger, what kind of a contraption do you-all reckon to have thar?

  • And your mother said you shouldn't ever have such a contraption in the house again.

  • Yesterday we could bag them one after the other, as fast as I could fire this contraption.

  • Aw, you don't think you're ever going to get there with that contraption, do you?

    The Pike's Peak Rush Edwin L. Sabin
British Dictionary definitions for contraption

contraption

/kənˈtræpʃən/
noun
1.
(informal, often facetious or derogatory) a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from con(trivance) + trap1 + (inven)tion
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Word Origin and History for contraption
n.

1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for contraption

contraption

noun

A contrivance or device; piece of machinery: What's this ugly contraption in the corner? (1820s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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