new·​fan·​gled ˈnü-ˈfaŋ-gəld How to pronounce newfangled (audio)
: attracted to novelty
: of the newest style or kind
had many newfangled gadgets in the kitchen
newfangledness noun

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Newfangled is actually a pretty old word. It dates all the way back to the 15th century, and likely developed from the even older adjective newfangle, which probably derives from a combination of the Middle English newe, meaning new, and the Old English fangol, from a verb meaning "to take." In its earliest documented uses, newfangled described a person who was fond of new things, fashions, or ideas. Current usage indicates that newfangled is used—sometimes deprecatingly—to describe anything that is new, hip, hot, or happening, while other times it is used with irony for something—such as rock music—that might have been new at one time but is hardly new anymore.

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of newfangled was in the 15th century


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“Newfangled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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new·​fan·​gled ˈn(y)ü-ˈfaŋ-gəld How to pronounce newfangled (audio)
: of the newest style : novel
newfangled ideas
a newfangled contraption

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