[ gaj-it ]
/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /


a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

Nearby words

  1. gadabout,
  2. gadarene,
  3. gaddafi,
  4. gaddi,
  5. gadfly,
  6. gadgeteer,
  7. gadgetry,
  8. gadgety,
  9. gadgie,
  10. gadhelic

Origin of gadget

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

Related formsgadg·et·y [gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gadgety


/ (ˈɡædʒɪt) /


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

Word Origin for gadget

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

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Word Origin and History for gadgety



1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors' slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked, or forgot, a name; perhaps from French gâchette "catchpiece of a mechanism" (15c.), diminutive of gâche "staple of a lock."

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