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gadget

Syllabification: gadg·et
Pronunciation: /ˈɡajət
 
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Definition of gadget in English:

noun

A small mechanical device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one: a state-of-the-art kitchen with every conceivable gadget
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

gadgeteer

1
Pronunciation: /ˌɡajiˈti(ə)r/
noun
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

2
noun
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

3
adjective
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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