[ gaj-it ]
/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /
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 gadgetgadg·et·y [gaj-i-tee], /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gadget
/ (ˈɡædʒɪt) /
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 gadgetgadgety, adjective
Word Origin for gadget
C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple
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