contraption

[ kuh n-trap-shuh n ]
/ kənˈtræp ʃən /

noun Informal.

a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.

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Origin of contraption

1815–25; perhaps contr(ivance) + (ad)aption, variant of adaptation

OTHER WORDS FROM contraption

con·trap·tious, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contraption

contraption
/ (kənˈtræpʃən) /

noun

informal, often facetious, or derogatory a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised

Word Origin for contraption

C19: perhaps from con (trivance) + trap 1 + (inven) tion
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