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[gaj-it] /ˈgædʒ ɪt/
a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.
1850-55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock
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[gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
contraption; whatsis, doohickey, thingamajig. Unabridged
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  • Maybe as technology advances and these gadgets become more sophisticated they can replace paper textbooks.
  • In some situations, have fun learning about all the cool gadgets.
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  • His career and the requisite gadgets are his tools to make his and his family's life comfortable and enjoyable.
  • But mobile phones pose the biggest risk, for research shows that these gadgets distract in a more pernicious way.
British Dictionary definitions for gadgets


a small mechanical device or appliance
any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use
Derived Forms
gadgety, adjective
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple
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Word Origin and History for gadgets



1886, gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors' slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked, or forgot, a name; perhaps from French gâchette "catchpiece of a mechanism" (15c.), diminutive of gâche "staple of a lock."

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