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
Recent Examples on the Web The Apple Tags wireless accessory will offer functionality much like gadgets already on the market like Tile trackers, people familiar with the product said. Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, "Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod," 5 May 2020 Dyson Known for its top-quality at-home appliances, Dyson’s discounts on gadgets such as vacuums and air purifiers are nothing to sniff at. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "10 retailers giving back to COVID-19 relief that are having sales," 29 Apr. 2020 Other families are turning to gadgets such as smart picture frames to communicate. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "FaceTime dance parties and digital picture frames: How people are staying connected to their grandparents," 17 Apr. 2020 If none of these items fit your shopping list’s needs, though, take a look at our previous gift guides for the home, the office, the road, and affordable gadgets for additional inspiration. Jeff Dunn And Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life," 13 Dec. 2019 Families could be more efficient by cooking in batches on the weekend or investing in time-saving gadgets like the Instant Pot. Joslyn Brenton, The Conversation, "Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have," 19 June 2019 Video will be delivered to iPhones and iPads, Apple’s own Apple TV device, smart TVs and, soon, streaming gadgets from Roku and Amazon. Tali Arbel, The Seattle Times, "Apple belatedly jumps into the streaming TV business," 25 Mar. 2019 One shopper raved about how well this gadget stores her produce. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Kitchen Tools Will Help You Keep Food Fresh for Longer (Video)," 29 Apr. 2020 But there’s a better gadget deal in the pandemic: the iPad. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Why Apple’s iPad Is the Gadget of the Pandemic," 21 Apr. 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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gadget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gadget. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for gadget

gadget

noun
How to pronounce gadget (audio)

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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