noun Informal.
a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.

1815–25; perhaps contr(ivance) + (ad)aption, variant of adaptation

contraptious, adjective Unabridged
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contraption (kənˈtræpʃən)
informal, facetious, derogatory often, or a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised
[C19: perhaps from con(trivance) + trap1 + (inven)tion]

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Word Origin & History

1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.
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Example sentences
He remained convinced that the fellow with the device measuring such things didn't really know how the contraption worked.
The contraption could conceivably help provide power to soldiers, relief
  workers, scientists and others on remote trips.
Members of the third group, lacking an expert to guide them, failed to figure
  out the contraption on their own.
Those are theoretical figures for the time being because the contraption hasn't
  flown too far yet.
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