gadget

[ gaj-it ]
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noun
  1. a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

Origin of gadget

1
1850–55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock

Other words for gadget

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
  1. a small mechanical device or appliance

  2. any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use

Origin of gadget

1
C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple

Derived forms of gadget

  • gadgety, adjective

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