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 If ever there was a life-changing gadget, the TubShroom, once $19.95 and now $12.99, would be it. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 8 Aug. 2020 In addition to handling a high-touch surface, parties on both sides of the lens will need to cross the social distancing red line twice — once to hand over the gadget and again to retrieve it. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Should asking a stranger to take your photo go the way of the daguerreotype?," 3 Aug. 2020 The four-day digital version of the CES gadget show begins Jan. 6. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "In reversal, CES gadget show won't be in-person after all," 28 July 2020 The aerial gadget weaved smoothly around trees and other obstacles before landing smoothly in Bry’s outstretched hand. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI," 13 July 2020 In addition, the post included a number of CAD files, which are basically the digital file format for the gadget design. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A New Leak Points to a Radical Redesign for the iPhone 12," 15 June 2020 Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. Joseph Pisani, The Denver Post, "CES gadget show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters," 26 Jan. 2020 If you’re not already sold on the gadget, a quick browse through the thousands of reviews left by satisfied Amazon shoppers may do the trick. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 The revolutionary gadget isn’t new, but its genius resonates now more than ever. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 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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The first known use of gadget was in 1886

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13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gadget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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