[ gaj-it ]
/ ˈgædʒ ɪt /
a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.
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Origin of gadget
1850–55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock
OTHER WORDS FROM gadget
gadg·et·y [gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/, adjective
Words nearby gadget
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Example sentences from the Web for gadget
Yet despite the obvious need for a solution, when the young women first proposed their gadget, engineers were skeptical.
But the company he was trying to sell his gadget to wanted me to take a look at it as an observer.
“You sold me a gadget I didn’t need five years ago,” said Chambers.
Artie looked at the gadget, sitting and whistling on the floor of the lab, then turned a bleak-but-still-hopeful glance my way.
Nelson fished through his pack until he felt the familiar shape of the gadget he wanted.
He rang and rang and rang, on the cut-off line with his gadget hooked in to call July the twelfth.
British Dictionary definitions for gadget
a small mechanical device or appliance
any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use
Derived forms of gadget
Word Origin for gadget
C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple
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