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Unknown. First used in print by Robert Brown in 1886 (see quote in definition section). Might come from French gâchette or gagée.

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gadget (plural gadgets)

  1. (obsolete) A thing whose name cannot be remembered; thingamajig, doohickey.
    • 1886, Robert Brown, Spunyard and Spindrift, A Sailor Boy's Log of a Voyage Out and Home in a China Tea-clipper:
      Then the names of all the other things on board a ship! I don't know half of them yet; even the sailors forget at times, and if the exact name of anything they want happens to slip from their memory, they call it a chicken-fixing, or a gadjet, or a timmey-noggy, or a wim-wom—just pro tem., you know.
  2. Any device or machine, especially one whose name cannot be recalled. Often either clever or complicated.
    He bought a neat new gadget for shredding potatoes.
    That's quite a lot of gadgets you have collected. Do you use any of them?
  3. (slang) Any consumer electronics product.
  4. (computing) A sequence of machine code instructions crafted as part of an exploit that attempts to divert execution to a memory location chosen by the attacker.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English gadget.

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gadget m (plural gadgets)

  1. gadget

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English gadget.

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gadget m (invariable)

  1. gadget (small device)

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English gadget.

NounEdit

gadget m (plural gadgets)

  1. gadget