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 Even if a hacker manages to compromise one device’s set of keys, they can’t be used to decrypt messages sent to someone else — or to another one of your devices — because WhatsApp encrypts each outgoing message specifically for each gadget. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Every ice cream gadget works differently, which means the final frozen product from each appliance will vary. Ariel Klein, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2021 Shop the must-have summertime gadget here, before it's fully sold out. Nina Huang,, 9 July 2021 The gadget could be worn continuously, in tandem with others. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 July 2021 Touted as the first machine endowed with emotions, the company marketed Pepper aggressively from the U.S. to Japan, promising the gadget was sophisticated enough for tasks usually handled by clerks, receptionists and translators. Pavel Alpeyev, Fortune, 29 June 2021 Shoppers looking for the latest cleaning gadget from the best brands on the market are in for a treat, too. Sanah Faroke, Southern Living, 21 June 2021 The gadget heats up from 0 to 160 degrees in two minutes, and is sure to start conversations at the gym. Jonathan Thompson, WSJ, 15 June 2021 Now in 2021, AirPods are hands-down the most in-demand gadget around. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, 4 June 2021

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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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21 Jul 2021

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“Gadget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 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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