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gadget

[gaj-it] /ˈgædʒ ɪt/
noun
1.
a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock
Related forms
gadgety
[gaj-i-tee] /ˈgædʒ ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
contraption; whatsis, doohickey, thingamajig.
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British Dictionary definitions for gadgety

gadget

/ˈɡædʒɪt/
noun
1.
a small mechanical device or appliance
2.
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 gadgety

gadget

n.

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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