Definition of gadget in English:



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

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