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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 19 Mar. 2020.
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Kids Definition of gadget
: a small useful device that is often interesting, unfamiliar, or unusual
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