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[noo-fang-guh ld, -fang-, nyoo-] /ˈnuˈfæŋ gəld, -ˌfæŋ-, ˈnyu-/
of a new kind or fashion:
newfangled ideas.
fond of or given to novelty.
Origin of newfangled
1425-75; late Middle English, equivalent to newefangel fond of or taken by what is new (newe new + -fangel, Old English *fangol inclined to take, equivalent to fang-, stem of fōn to take (cf. fang2) + -ol adj. suffix) + -ed3
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newfangledness, noun Unabridged
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  • In reality, though, the newfangled shopping center is full of the tango's ghosts.
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  • Back home, he finds he is losing trade to a rival who sells newfangled celluloid beads.
  • Charlie, who was mildly enthusiastic about the idea, agreed to sell the newfangled bagels for a nickel extra.
  • Consensus-based decision-making is not some newfangled idea, but has been developed for years.
  • He has been an old-fashioned budget balancer, not a newfangled supply-sider.
  • E-mail had become a newfangled party line for airing grievances and comparing notes.
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  • Often, they are quicker to embrace newfangled technologies.
British Dictionary definitions for newfangled


newly come into existence or fashion, esp excessively modern
(rare) excessively fond of new ideas, fashions, etc
Derived Forms
newfangledness, noun
Word Origin
C14 newefangel liking new things, from new + -fangel, from Old English fōn to take
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Word Origin and History for newfangled

late 15c., "addicted to novelty," literally "ready to grasp at all new things," from adj. newefangel "fond of novelty" (late 14c.), from new + -fangel "inclined to take," from root of Old English fon "to capture" (see fang). Sense of "lately come into fashion" first recorded 1530s.

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