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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Luckily, there are several gadgets that make preparing healthy food super simple and even fun. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "9 kitchen tools nutritionists swear by to make healthy eating a breeze," 17 Sep. 2019 Nasis hopes his company’s $699 gadget called Airthinx will be just the fix people need. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?," 15 Sep. 2019 Amazon's product strategy has been to bring its services into users' homes with Alexa and a plethora of gadgets tailor-fit for different parts of the home. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Amazon will announce new hardware on September 25," 13 Sep. 2019 Flows of data from IoT gadgets are just as valuable as those gleaned from Facebook posts or a Google search history. The Economist, "How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects," 12 Sep. 2019 Neato gadgets help an agent in the carrying out of a dangerous assignment, for an extremely serious purpose. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Light on the Shadow World," 12 Sep. 2019 For this family kitchen, Ferrarini used folding wood pocket doors to conceal not only counter- top gadgets but an entire wall of cabinets and appliances (see far left). 2. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Kitchen Designer Shares His Tricks for an Always-Tidy Space," 11 Sep. 2019 But the competition is stiff, with gadgets like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ attempting to set the standard for what constitutes a high-end smartphone. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Apple Is Set to Unveil New iPhones on Tuesday. Here's How and When to Watch," 9 Sep. 2019 In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, Hilton walks us through her holy grail skincare products and favorite gadgets that help keep her skin glowing and fresh. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Paris Hilton's Nightly Skin Routine Is as Extra as You Think," 5 Sep. 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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