gadget

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noun gad·get \ˈga-jət\

Definition of gadget

  1. :  an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty

gadgetry

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gadgety

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Examples of gadget in a Sentence

  1. The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets.

  2. cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets

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Origin and Etymology of gadget

perhaps a sound-symbolic coinage, with final as in 1fidget, midget, idjit (nonstandard form of idiot)


First Known Use: 1884

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GADGET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gadget for English Language Learners

  • : a small, useful device


GADGET Defined for Kids

gadget

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noun gad·get \ˈga-jət\

Definition of gadget for Students

  1. :  a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual



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