gadget

[ gaj-it ]
/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /

noun

a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

Origin of gadget

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

Related forms

gadg·et·y [gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/, adjective
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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

gadgety, adjective

Word Origin for gadget

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