new·​fan·​gled | \ ˈnü-ˈfaŋ-gəld How to pronounce newfangled (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Federal Reserve’s newfangled policy regime of lower interest rates and higher inflation for longer periods portends continued losses. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, "Beijing’s Bid for Financial Supremacy," 4 Jan. 2021 Addressing these three seemingly nontech issues would do more to enable a tech-forward government than any newfangled shiny object. Danah Boyd, Wired, "The Biden Administration Needs a VP of Engineering, Not a CTO," 23 Dec. 2020 In other words, serving the customer's needs—a concept that, come to think of it, doesn't sound too newfangled at all. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The pandemic dramatically accelerated the digital shift. These CEOs explain how they got it done," 11 Nov. 2020 But Burke would likely note that people who trade ancient liberties — freedom of speech, for instance — for newfangled rights (freedom from speech) could soon wind up with neither. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, "Reflections on the revolution in America," 7 Aug. 2020 But the wealth-management industry has something to help offset those pressures, a newfangled technology called human beings. Telis Demos, WSJ, "The Hot Wealth Tech: Humans," 20 May 2020 The first thing to know is that mechanical ventilators aren’t some newfangled fancy machine. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Go on a Ventilator for COVID-19?," 30 Apr. 2020 Even Mercedes- Benz has introduced a sport-utility vehicle, its newfangled ML320, much tidier than the largest of the behemoths, which require stair-stepping on servants' backs just to ascend their helms. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon," 27 Apr. 2020 On April 3, Fashionphile launched one of those features, the virtual appointment service—a newfangled response to the uptick in homebound luxury devotees. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, "How Fashionphile's Sarah Davis Got Her Start," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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“Newfangled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of newfangled

: recently invented or developed and hard to understand


new·​fan·​gled | \ ˈnü-ˈfaŋ-gəld How to pronounce newfangled (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Kids Definition of newfangled

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

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