contraption

[kuh n-trap-shuh n]

noun Informal.

a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.

Nearby words

  1. contraplete,
  2. contrapose,
  3. contraposition,
  4. contrapositive,
  5. contrapposto,
  6. contrapuntal,
  7. contrapuntist,
  8. contrarian,
  9. contrariety,
  10. contrarily

Origin of contraption

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

Related formscon·trap·tious, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for contraption

contraption

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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Word Origin and History for contraption

contraption

n.

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

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