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

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The design visionary achieved a kind of creative mind-meld with company co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs to devise the minimalist, space-age look of transformative gadgets like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Why it’s so dangerous when star employees check out," 2 July 2019 The specifications also support many more connections at once, allowing carriers to go after more types of gadgets. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Gives 3G Service Three Years to Live," 21 Feb. 2019 The number of devices that Alexa plays well with is growing almost weekly, and these are four of the best Alexa-compatible gadgets CNET has found so far., The Seattle Times, "Hey, Alexa, which gadgets work the best with you?," 7 Nov. 2018 As The Verge’s Ashley Carman wisely notes, subscriptions are one of the only ways gadget makers can hope to post profits. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Unicorn is a $699 electric scooter from the co-creator of Tile," 20 June 2019 One source of the gadgets may come from countries that have conducted their censuses digitally. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Ghana is betting on a digital census in 2020 to transform its informal economy," 18 June 2019 Urban Outfitters has tons of fun gadgets that tend to sell out quick, so make sure to get your hands on this summertime staple. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Step Up Your Shower Game With This Waterproof Speaker That Doubles As a Beer Holder," 6 May 2019 Some gadget makers, including Apple, are taking steps to make recycling easier. Anchorage Daily News, "The explosive problem with recycling iPads, iPhones and other gadgets: They catch fire.," 12 Sep. 2018 Its Echo Auto, a gadget that brings voice services to a car and is currently only available via invitation, wouldn’t need a phone to connect to the Internet. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Is Amazon looking to get back into the mobile phone business?," 7 June 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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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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