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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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 For the sentimental dad: A pocket photo printer If dad always directs the family photoshoots on trips and outings, get him a gadget that instantly provides him with a momento. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "The 25 best Father’s Day gifts of 2019," 3 June 2019 Joe Holdner just can’t stand to see a salvageable gadget thrown away. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "The Fix Is in—DIY Repair Clubs Grow in Popularity," 19 Feb. 2019 But Nike also insists that this isn’t just a gadget or gizmo for the feet, something techies and sneakerheads will get because of the coolness factor. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Future is now: Nike’s next self-lacing shoe hitting shelves," 11 Feb. 2019 Country Living editors, with the help of a few boldfaced-name vetters, have sniffed out the grrreatest everything for your animals, from toys and treats to a gadget that practically guarantees good pet photos. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The 2018 Country Living Pet Awards," 26 Dec. 2018 Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Google is shutting down Google+, Facebook’s tone-deaf camera device," 9 Oct. 2018 The main difference is that the chrome disk of a gadget also has two-way audio and a built-in camera that captures its surroundings though a 150-degree wide-angle lens camera. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "App-controlled, video smart lock is like a personal doorman," 8 Oct. 2018 The latter is becoming especially important as Apple leans more heavily on services — which require more ongoing collaboration than a gadget does — to make its money. Hayley Tsukayama, latimes.com, "Apple WWDC 2018: Siri, health and augmented reality are expected topics," 4 June 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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