new·​fan·​gled | \ˈnü-ˈfaŋ-gəld \

Definition of newfangled 

1 : attracted to novelty

2 : of the newest style or kind had many newfangled gadgets in the kitchen

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newfangledness noun

Examples of newfangled in a Sentence

His grandson owns all of the latest newfangled electronics. the newfangled speech used by teenagers

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Its military routinely obliterates opposing forces with fighter jets, antimissile batteries and newfangled tunnel-destroying tools. New York Times, "Israel Feels Pride but Senses Peril as U.S. Moves Embassy," 13 May 2018 The Department of Homeland Security, which maintains an array of cameras and sensors along our country's southern border, is now testing Factom’s newfangled truth recorder. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "The Blockchain Solution to Our Deepfake Problems," 26 Mar. 2018 New York and San Francisco are often at the top of the list of retail openings, with San Francisco especially hospitable to newfangled ideas. Maghan Mcdowell, San Francisco Chronicle, "Digital native brands test their concepts on SF’s population of early adopters," 6 June 2018 There are old-school paper straws and newfangled compostable plastic straws. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Disposable America," 21 June 2018 Its military routinely obliterates opposing forces with fighter jets, anti-missile batteries, and newfangled tunnel-destroying tools. New York Times,, "There’s pride and anxiety in Jerusalem ahead of embassy’s move," 15 May 2018 With all due respect to Virginia, Villanova has been the best team in the country all season, largely on the strength of its offense, which as detailed above is elite by any and all measures, both traditional and newfangled. Michael Beller,, "Villanova or Michigan? Previewing the 2018 National Title Game Matchup," 31 Mar. 2018 Bonnie explores newfangled notions, like feminism and managing her own finances, with characteristic boldness., "This Show Is Based On The Childhood Of A Real Housewife Of Beverly Hills," 6 June 2018 Still, newfangled benefits may not be the ticket to get young, creative professionals in the door. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "What companies want: millennials. What they're offering: massages, student loan help | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of newfangled

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for newfangled

Middle English, from newefangel, from new + Old English *-fangol, from fōn (past participle fangen) to take, seize — more at pact

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English Language Learners Definition of newfangled

: recently invented or developed and hard to understand


new·​fan·​gled | \ˈnü-ˈfaŋ-gəld, ˈnyü-\

Kids Definition of newfangled

: of the newest style : novel He loves these newfangled gadgets.

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