Definition of gadget in English:



  • A small mechanical or electronic device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one:

    ‘a variety of kitchen gadgets’
    • ‘The mechanical gadget is operated by a spring which has to be cranked using a key.’
    • ‘Whenever he is buying a gadget or an appliance, he thinks his life would get a little better thereafter.’
    • ‘Today, our lives are filled with all manner of gadgets, gizmos and convenience goods.’
    • ‘But if policy is not your thing, there will be plenty of gadgets and gizmos on display too.’
    • ‘The hysteria has sponsored a vast range of gimmicks and gadgets designed to exploit eager demand.’
    • ‘If you like gizmos, there is no limit to the gadgets you can buy, but your rucksack will be extremely heavy.’
    • ‘I recall all sorts of cooking gadgets that went in and out of the kitchen over the years.’
    • ‘In the society's little kitchen, visitors can see another set of gadgets.’
    • ‘This is a nation full of tech-savvy people who are crazy for all the latest gadgets and gizmos.’
    • ‘Suppliers want in to introduce garden tools, furniture and gadgets to the biggest possible market.’
    • ‘It seems that robots are being received as gadgets, rather than as machines that could transform the way we live our lives.’
    • ‘It may be disused fitness equipment, untouched kitchen gadgets or scores of unwanted CDs and books.’
    • ‘She likes the kitchen gadgets, haberdashery and garden furniture departments.’
    • ‘As technology develops it gets harder and harder to work out what has changed when a new gadget or widget goes on sale.’
    • ‘The gadget helped earn the young inventor a first class honours degree from Brunel University.’
    • ‘Americans also have a strong technological bias, and are a people of tools and gadgets, so to speak.’
    • ‘Now people have matching furniture, and kitchen gadgets, and pictures on the walls.’
    • ‘You have a variety of weapons and gadgets to choose from, and a variety of ways to use them.’
    • ‘If you take on smaller clients you might even get board games, household gadgets and perpetual motion machines.’
    • ‘He asked lots of questions and by the end of the week he had all the gadgets he could possibly need in his kitchen.’
    appliance, apparatus, instrument, implement, tool, utensil, contrivance, contraption, machine, mechanism, device, labour-saving device, convenience, invention, thing
    heath robinson device
    rube goldberg device
    widget, gismo, thingummy, gimmick, mod con
    doobry, doodah
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Late 19th century (originally in nautical use): probably from French gâchette lock mechanism or from the French dialect word gagée tool.