- A machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe: repairing stereos and making contraptions out of spare electronic bitsMore example sentences
device, gadget, apparatus, machine, appliance, mechanism, implement, utensil, invention, contrivance; British Heath Robinson device; North American Rube Goldberg deviceAustralian • informal bitzer
- There are the flying machines and steam contraptions, technology from a fantastic version of the industrial age.
- You find strange contraptions made of rubber and metal lying around in the basement.
- Neither of them wore gear and they were using some sort of strange cardboard contraptions as nets but they were wearing skates and they had sticks in their hands.