Synonyms of contrivance in English:


See definition of contrivance


1‘a mechanical contrivance’


device, gadget, machine, appliance, contraption, apparatus, mechanism, implement, tool, labour-saving device, invention

informal gizmo, mod con, widget, thingamajig, thingamabob, whatsit

British informal doodah, doobry, gubbins

North American informal dingus, doodad, doojigger, doohickey

Australian informal bitzer

NZ Australian informal thingo

2‘her matchmaking contrivances’


scheme, stratagem, tactic, manoeuvre, move, course of action, line of action, plan, ploy, gambit, device, wile

trick, ruse, plot, machination, subterfuge, artifice, expedient

British informal wheeze

Australian informal lurk

archaic shift, fetch