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 gadget (audio) \ noun
gadgety \ ˈga-​jə-​tē How to pronounce gadget (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 The 12-volt plug on the Avio Connect power supply also has a USB plug to power another gadget in your car. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Alexa, hold my phone," 4 Feb. 2021 Smart plugs are magical devices that turn any gadget into a smart device. Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "25 incredible gifts for everyone that you can buy at Walmart," 28 Oct. 2020 The cylindrical gadget holds three vegan scents housed in recycled glass vials. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 But here's the problem: When authorities use a stingray to capture a suspect's location through their device's GPS data, the gadget also collects information from the phones of innocent passersby. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Way the Feds Found Ghislaine Maxwell," 5 Jan. 2021 Luckily, there's an innovative gadget that solves this problem. Greta Good, Chron, "Keep your coffee hot all day with this warming gadget," 23 Dec. 2020 The Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener is an impressive gadget that can uncork her bottle of wine with just a touch of a button. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 To sum it up, AirPods Max are a catchall gadget powered by a tremendous amount of technology inside. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Apple’s AirPods Max are impressive, but we’re not sold on the price…yet," 10 Dec. 2020 Some air also moves into the gadget’s hollow walls, eliminating cold spots. Popular Science, "The 8 most helpful new home products of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Gadget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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