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 If you’re not already sold on the gadget, a quick browse through the thousands of reviews left by satisfied Amazon shoppers may do the trick. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 The revolutionary gadget isn’t new, but its genius resonates now more than ever. Jayla Andrulonis,, "This $13 Gadget Makes It Possible to Pee Anywhere," 9 July 2020 What is more, the current hype is mostly over one gadget in particular; analysts widely... Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple in a Pickle," 8 July 2020 With a 5-ft cord, 3 outlets, and 3 USB ports, this handy gadget should always be waiting in your laptop bag for whenever the need arises. Popular Science, "Affordable surge protectors for your home office," 6 July 2020 Vizio is on the precipice of shipping its first OLED TVs, after having made a name for itself as the gadget-maker that produces LED TVs that offer a particularly strong balance between cost and performance. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Vizio’s 2020 TV plans: HDMI 2.1, FreeSync, eARC, and—at long last—OLED," 1 July 2020 This strange-looking gadget stimulates your skin using low-voltage electricity, helping to improve facial tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "14 products reviewers swear work to reduce wrinkles," 30 June 2020 All the while last year’s gadget ends up collecting dust at the back of a closet, or worse, taking up space in a landfill. Michael Park, CNN Underscored, "Take on tech’s trash problem with Decluttr," 24 June 2020 All right, Alan, what is your gadget recommendation for people? Wired Staff, Wired, "The Gear That's Getting Us Through Quarantine," 3 July 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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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gadget.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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