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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New Yorkers, testing out the newfangled technology, sent through a Bible, a copy of the Constitution, and a cat (who emerged unharmed but presumably rattled). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 To win favor with Beijing, local officials have tried to outgun one another with newfangled latrines, many equipped with flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and facial-recognition toilet paper dispensers. Sui-lee Wee, The Seattle Times, "Bill Gates encourages the world to build a better toilet," 6 Nov. 2018 Who knows, maybe there will be some newfangled primer that actually works for our finicky skin type or an innovative mascara that truly checks off every box on our criteria. Allure, "The Best New Makeup Launches Coming in November," 1 Nov. 2018 But even amid the newfangled pyrotechnics, Dolce & Gabbana’s presentations for its Alta Moda collections stand out like a laser show at a funeral. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Experience Wars: Inside the Furious Fight for the Affections (and Dollars) of the World's Biggest Spenders," 20 Sep. 2018 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

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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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