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contraption

[kuh n-trap-shuh n] /kənˈtræp ʃən/
noun, Informal.
1.
a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; perhaps contr(ivance) + (ad)aption, variant of adaptation
Related forms
contraptious, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contraptious

contraption

/kənˈtræpʃən/
noun
1.
(informal, often facetious or derogatory) a device or contrivance, esp one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from con(trivance) + trap1 + (inven)tion
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Word Origin and History for contraptious

contraption

n.

1825, western England dialect, origin obscure, perhaps from con(trive) + trap, or deception.

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Slang definitions & phrases for contraptious

contraption

noun

A contrivance or device; piece of machinery: What's this ugly contraption in the corner? (1820s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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