Definition of gadget in English:

gadget

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡadʒɪt
 
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noun

A small mechanical device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one: a variety of kitchen gadgets
More example sentences
  • Today, our lives are filled with all manner of gadgets, gizmos and convenience goods.
  • Suppliers want in to introduce garden tools, furniture and gadgets to the biggest possible market.
  • Americans also have a strong technological bias, and are a people of tools and gadgets, so to speak.
Synonyms
appliance, apparatus, instrument, implement, tool, utensil, contrivance, contraption, machine, mechanism, device, labour-saving device, convenience, invention, thing; Heath Robinson device; North AmericanRube Goldberg device
informal widget, gismo, thingummy, gimmick, mod con
British informal doobry, doodah

Origin

late 19th century (originally in nautical use): probably from French gâchette 'lock mechanism' or from the French dialect word gagée 'tool'.

Derivatives

gadgeteer

Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪə/
noun
More example sentences
  • I'm not a gadgeteer; I don't enjoy the equipment as an end in itself.
  • Most of my fellow-divers were keen gadgeteers.
  • The gadgeteer takes items he finds during his adventures and uses his Engineering skill to transform them into gadgets.

gadgetry

noun
More example sentences
  • It will be equipped with luxury furniture and gadgetry, including plasma-screen televisions to follow the race.
  • Modern gadgetry in our tackle may ease the process of fishing, but it is the fish themselves that really provide the pleasure.
  • Even when schools started offering courses about computers, most design studio instructors sneered at the gadgetry.

gadgety

adjective
More example sentences
  • Considering our shared love of all things gadgety, I think it's probably better we don't live nearer one another.
  • I started writing about similar things I wrote about as a hack: media and new media stuff and various digital and gadgety things.
  • What, at this high level of gadgety sophistication, is the point of an invisible car?

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