gadget

noun
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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This black brick packs in 20,000mAh, which Anker says can charge an iPhone almost 7 times over, and works with any gadget imaginable—whether iOS, Android, or otherwise. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Anker's Best Charging Gear Is On Sale Today Only," 13 May 2019 The room stays dark thanks to blackout shades, track-mounted to the walls so there are zero gaps, and the absence of any of those random blinking gadget lights that can make waking up in a dark hotel room like witnessing a UFO landing. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Aniston were part of a parade of A-listers who took the stage at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, where the main attractions are usually the company’s latest high-tech gadgets. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Oprah, Spielberg help Apple launch new streaming service," 26 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, Brookstone, the original gadget store, closed the last of its US mall stores this year after filing bankruptcy. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 Could average Americans be ready to give this gadget a whirl? Lauren Mechling, New York Times, "Why Is This Woman So Preoccupied With Your Bathroom Habits?," 6 Feb. 2018 But nobody could explain where the Garfield gadgets kept coming from. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 But the timing of the gadget’s rollout was tone-deaf. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Considering skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., with the American Academy of Dermatology estimating one in five Americans will develop the disease in their lifetime, the chic and discreet gadget arrives just in time. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This New Wearable Tech Device—Now in Apple Stores—Is the Future of Sun Protection," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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gadget

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gadget

: a small, useful device

gadget

noun
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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