[ noo-fang-guh ld, -fang-, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnuˈfæŋ gəld, -ˌfæŋ-, ˈnyu- /


of a new kind or fashion: newfangled ideas.
fond of or given to novelty.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for newfangledness

  • The time soon came when he was forced to give way before the march of newfangledness.

    Western Characters|J. L. McConnel

British Dictionary definitions for newfangledness


/ (ˈnjuːˈfæŋɡəld) /


newly come into existence or fashion, esp excessively modern
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 newfangledness



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.

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