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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [gaj-it]
    • /ˈgædʒ ɪt/
    • /ˈɡædʒ.ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [gaj-it]
    • /ˈgædʒ ɪt/

Definitions of gadget word

  • noun gadget a mechanical contrivance or device; any ingenious article. 1
  • noun gadget A small mechanical device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one. 1
  • noun gadget useful device 1
  • noun gadget pointless novelty 1
  • countable noun gadget A gadget is a small machine or device which does something useful. You sometimes refer to something as a gadget when you are suggesting that it is complicated and unnecessary. 0
  • noun gadget a small mechanical device or appliance 0

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Origin of gadget

First appearance:

before 1850
One of the 32% newest English words
1850-55; origin uncertain; compare French gâchette the catch of a lock, sear of a gunlock

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Parts of speech for Gadget


gadget popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

gadget usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for gadget

noun gadget

  • contraption — You can refer to a device or machine as a contraption, especially when it looks strange or you do not know what it is used for.
  • widget — a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, especially one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget: a row of widgets on the instrument panel.
  • apparatus — The apparatus of an organization or system is its structure and method of operation.
  • utensil — any of the instruments or vessels commonly used in a kitchen, dairy, etc.: eating utensils; baking utensils.
  • tool — an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.

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