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: an often small mechanical or electronic device with a practical use but often thought of as a novelty
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The kitchen is equipped with all the latest gadgets.
cell phones, pagers, and other gadgets
David Rovella, Bloomberg.com, “Your Evening Briefing,” 12 May 2020 These gadgets can be costly, but compared with regular facial treatments at a medical spa or skin-care studio, shoppers might save money in the long run.
Nia Decaille, Washington Post, “In a youth-obsessed industry, Reddit provides space for beauty fans over 30. Here are their best skin-care tips.,” 6 Mar. 2020 Such a gadget would be a far cry from the brain-computer interfaces scientists have been working on for decades.
Rachel Metz, CNN, “Facebook gets closer to letting you type with your mind,” 30 July 2019 The Apple Tags wireless accessory will offer functionality much like gadgets already on the market like Tile trackers, people familiar with the product said.
Mark Gurman, Bloomberg.com, “Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod,” 5 May 2020 Dyson Known for its top-quality at-home appliances, Dyson’s discounts on gadgets such as vacuums and air purifiers are nothing to sniff at.
Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, “10 retailers giving back to COVID-19 relief that are having sales,” 29 Apr. 2020 Other families are turning to gadgets such as smart picture frames to communicate.
Kaya Yurieff, CNN, “FaceTime dance parties and digital picture frames: How people are staying connected to their grandparents,” 17 Apr. 2020 If none of these items fit your shopping list’s needs, though, take a look at our previous gift guides for the home, the office, the road, and affordable gadgets for additional inspiration.
Jeff Dunn And Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, “Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life,” 13 Dec. 2019 Families could be more efficient by cooking in batches on the weekend or investing in time-saving gadgets like the Instant Pot.
Joslyn Brenton, The Conversation, “Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have,” 19 June 2019
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First Known Use of gadget
1886, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for gadget
perhaps a sound-symbolic coinage, with final as in fidget entry 1, midget, idjit (nonstandard form of idiot)
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“Gadget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gadget. Accessed 11 Jun. 2020.
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Kids Definition of gadget
: a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual
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