gadget

[ gaj-it ]
/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /

noun

a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

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Origin of gadget

1850–55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock

OTHER WORDS FROM gadget

gadg·et·y [gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gadget

gadget
/ (ˈɡædʒɪt) /

noun

a small mechanical device or appliance
any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use

Derived forms of gadget

gadgety, adjective

Word Origin for gadget

C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple
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