- a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.
Origin of gadget
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Examples from the Web for gadget
The estimated ship date of the gadget is December 2014—perfect timing to say sayonara to smoking forever.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
The gadget goes for $75 and can be reused nearly 40 times before the battery needs to be recharged.New Gadget Detects Date Rape Drugs, But Will Women Use It?
July 22, 2014
Coin has created a gadget the size of a single credit card that can store payment data for all the cards in your wallet.Coin Promises Freedom From A Wallet Full of Cards
Lauren DeLisa Coleman
November 15, 2013
To be sure, I use a lot of gadget shortcuts: slow cooker, sous vide, now a pressure cooker.Friday Forum: How often do you cook?
January 11, 2013
Yet despite the obvious need for a solution, when the young women first proposed their gadget, engineers were skeptical.sOccket Inventors: Being Young and Stubborn Helps Innovation
March 9, 2012
He stayed on because he wanted to find out what the trick was that made the gadget work.Toy Shop
Henry Maxwell Dempsey
With that gadget there, we can pick it up and throw it away.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
Rummy as the gadget might appear, it had been the right thing to do.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
I had made this gadget—it was a toy for children as far as I was concerned.By Proxy
Gordon Randall Garrett
But I thought I'd have a chance to take any gadget he was hiding away from him first.The Winds of Time
James H. Schmitz
- a small mechanical device or appliance
- any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use
Word Origin and History for gadget
1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors' slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked, or forgot, a name; perhaps from French gâchette "catchpiece of a mechanism" (15c.), diminutive of gâche "staple of a lock."