a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.

1850–55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock

gadgety [gaj-i-tee] , adjective

contraption; whatsis, doohickey, thingamajig. Unabridged
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gadget (ˈɡædʒɪt)
1.  a small mechanical device or appliance
2.  any object that is interesting for its ingenuity or novelty rather than for its practical use
[C19: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple]

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Word Origin & History

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 Fr. gâchette "catchpiece of a mechanism," dim. of gâche "staple of a lock."
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Example sentences
Find the travel gadgets you need for your next adventure.
Students don't seem to be rushing in to be early adopters of the gadgets.
More important, information overload was experienced long before the appearance
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If you can get more money with buying more gadgets, you will buy more gadgets.
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