[noo-fang-guh ld, -fang-, nyoo-]
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Origin of newfangled

1425–75; late Middle English, equivalent to newefangel fond of or taken by what is new (newe new + -fangel, Old English *fangol inclined to take, equivalent to fang-, stem of fōn to take (cf. fang2) + -ol adj. suffix) + -ed3
Related formsnew·fan·gled·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • But theer's no room i' the world for th' old-fangled an' the newfangled.

    Aunt Rachel

    David Christie Murray

  • What's the matter with these modern mothers, with their newfangled methods and their efficiency and all?


    Edna Ferber

  • They were old-fashioned in their ideas, and did not like newfangled notions.

  • "Persons of the newfangled kind that believe in nothing," he said.

  • I couldn't learn the tricks of one of these newfangled rifles.

    Strange Stories of the Great Valley

    Abbie Johnston Grosvenor

British Dictionary definitions for newfangled


  1. newly come into existence or fashion, esp excessively modern
  2. rare excessively fond of new ideas, fashions, etc
Derived Formsnewfangledness, noun

Word Origin for newfangled

C14 newefangel liking new things, from new + -fangel, from Old English fōn to take
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Word Origin and History for newfangled

late 15c., "addicted to novelty," literally "ready to grasp at all new things," from adj. newefangel "fond of novelty" (late 14c.), from new + -fangel "inclined to take," from root of Old English fon "to capture" (see fang). Sense of "lately come into fashion" first recorded 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper