Definition of newfangled in English:



  • Different from what one is used to; objectionably new.

    ‘I've no time for such newfangled nonsense’
    • ‘I think that it may be time to get ‘our little man that does’ up on the roof of cube Towers to fix our aerial, so we can buy one of those newfangled boxes.’
    • ‘Whether old-fashioned or newfangled, they blight surrounding neighborhoods and prevent them from reviving.’
    • ‘Stirring rhetoric would have been nice, but stirring rhetoric frightens the Europeans, much as the sound of a newfangled motorcar makes the horses nervous.’
    • ‘My father, who loved new gadgets, was infatuated with this relatively newfangled device called the computer.’
    • ‘I'd love to have one of those newfangled navigation systems that tell you how to get to specific addresses.’
    • ‘Something new - by now, you're probably thinking that I don't listen to any of those newfangled popular beat combos that clutter up the hit parade.’
    • ‘What strange and fearsome newfangled world is this?’
    • ‘Which newfangled words made it into the dictionary?’
    • ‘The original recipe is now also offered with other fresh fruits blended in, like pineapple, strawberry or banana, but I'm too much of a purist to try any of these newfangled variations.’
    • ‘And Miracle Grill, a guacamole traditionalist for 17 years, now offers a newfangled pineapple version.’
    • ‘He spent millions developing golf courses, luring newfangled seaplanes, holding polo tournaments and attracting le bon ton of the Edwardian era.’
    • ‘He'll think it's some sort of newfangled fashion.’
    • ‘He rambles and manhandles the equipment, testily blaming newfangled technology when he has difficulty with basic tasks such as placing a compact disc in a player.’
    • ‘It's not the same kind of reporting, but it is reporting - newfangled reporting!’
    • ‘And politically, the newfangled and alien method of electing the parliament has ensured that there will always be a built-in anti-Glasgow majority in Holyrood.’
    • ‘It seems that happiness today has been reduced to acquiring newfangled gadgets, gizmos or gigagobblers that do absolutely everything but clean the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘In some cases, newer is better, and if you're looking for a theatre with newfangled reclining seats, great sightlines and state of the art sound, go south.’
    • ‘The world's first flushing toilet was built for a queen, Elizabeth I, whose godson, Sir John Harington, installed one of his newfangled devices for her in 1596.’
    • ‘I've been thinking about these newfangled, extra-angry inspections for the last day, and how they'd work.’
    • ‘If you were really lucky, you had one of those newfangled local commercial stations with DJs that talked really fast so they could fit the adverts in.’
    new, the latest, modern, novel, the newest, ultra-modern, up to the minute, state-of-the-art, advanced, contemporary, fashionable, new-fashioned, gimmicky
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Middle English: from newfangle (now dialect) ‘liking what is new’, from the adverb new + a second element related to an Old English word meaning ‘to take’.