gad·​get | \ ˈga-jət How to pronounce gadget (audio) \

Definition of gadget

: an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty

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Other Words from gadget

gadgetry \ ˈga-​jə-​trē How to pronounce gadgetry (audio) \ noun
gadgety \ ˈga-​jə-​tē How to pronounce gadgety (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gadget in a Sentence

The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets. cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets
Recent Examples on the Web No gadget since the smartphone has so quickly normalized personal surveillance. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance - and turned us into a nation of voyeurs," 18 Feb. 2020 No gadget since the smartphone has so quickly normalized personal surveillance. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs," 18 Feb. 2020 But at the time most phones were multi-screen gadgets, like the Fold, which allowed people to transfer what was on a smaller screen onto a big screen. David Goldman, CNN, "Google's got 'something exciting' coming for Samsung's Galaxy S20 launch event," 7 Feb. 2020 China has also risen into an enormous consumer market, a nation of 1.4 billion people with a growing appetite for electronic gadgets, fashion apparel and trips to Disneyland. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "SARS Stung the Global Economy. The Coronavirus Is a Greater Menace.," 3 Feb. 2020 Hobbies: Inventing useless gadgets, chopping and stacking wood and chasing cats with my laser Pet Peeves: Weird bagel flavors. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor: Winners at War," 15 Jan. 2020 These weren’t just plain old kitchen gadgets, though. Mary Honkus,, "Kris Jenner's Christmas Gift Bags Included Over $100,000 Worth of Dolce&Gabbana x SMEG Appliances," 10 Jan. 2020 Sleep-monitoring technology is increasingly accessible—and even without gadgets, prospective solvers can focus on important problems before bed. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, "Technique Takes Sleepers from Zzz to Aha!," 22 Dec. 2019 From keeping us connected to friends and inspiring us to explore the world, to helping us make those coins, technology can make managing daily life simple with smart gadgets that handle, well, everything. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Best Gifts For The Beginner Smart Home Enthusiast," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of gadget

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gadget

perhaps a sound-symbolic coinage, with final as in fidget entry 1, midget, idjit (nonstandard form of idiot)

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The first known use of gadget was in 1886

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gadget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gadget

: a small, useful device


gad·​get | \ ˈga-jət How to pronounce gadget (audio) \

Kids Definition of gadget

: a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual

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