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[noo-fang-guh ld, -fang-, nyoo-] /ˈnuˈfæŋ gəld, -ˌfæŋ-, ˈnyu-/
of a new kind or fashion:
newfangled ideas.
fond of or given to novelty.
Origin of newfangled
1425-75; late Middle English, equivalent to newefangel fond of or taken by what is new (newe new + -fangel, Old English *fangol inclined to take, equivalent to fang-, stem of fōn to take (cf. fang2) + -ol adj. suffix) + -ed3
Related forms
newfangledness, noun Unabridged
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  • But theer's no room i' the world for th' old-fangled an' the newfangled.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • What's the matter with these modern mothers, with their newfangled methods and their efficiency and all?

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • They were old-fashioned in their ideas, and did not like newfangled notions.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • "Persons of the newfangled kind that believe in nothing," he said.

    The Wizard's Son, Vol. 1(of 3) Margaret Oliphant
  • I couldn't learn the tricks of one of these newfangled rifles.

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    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • To smoke in the street was vulgar; and to smoke the newfangled cigar was worse.

British Dictionary definitions for newfangled


newly come into existence or fashion, esp excessively modern
(rare) excessively fond of new ideas, fashions, etc
Derived Forms
newfangledness, noun
Word Origin
C14 newefangel liking new things, from new + -fangel, from Old English fōn to take
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Word Origin and History for newfangled

late 15c., "addicted to novelty," literally "ready to grasp at all new things," from adj. newefangel "fond of novelty" (late 14c.), from new + -fangel "inclined to take," from root of Old English fon "to capture" (see fang). Sense of "lately come into fashion" first recorded 1530s.

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