Origin: 1425–75;late Middle English, equivalent to newefangel fond of or taken by what is new (newenew + -fangel,Old English*fangol inclined to take, equivalent to fang-, stem of fōn to take (cf. fang2) + -ol adj. suffix) + -ed3
late 15c., "addicted to novelty," lit. "ready to grasp at all new things," from adj. newefangel "inclined to take" (late 14c.), from new + -fangel, from root of O.E. fon "to capture" (see fang). Sense of "lately come into fashion" first recorded 1530s.