See also: new-fangled and new fangled

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Etymology

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new +‎ fangled, from obsolete fangle (to fashion).

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newfangled (not comparable)

  1. (usually derogatory, disapproving, or humorous) new and often needlessly novel or gratuitously different; recently devised or fashionable, especially when not an improvement.
    newfangled electronic gadgets that cost a lot and do little
    • 1942 September 6, “Mussolini Takes Wheel; Tries Out ‘New-Fangled’ Auto Driven by Electricity”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Premier Mussolini operated a “new-fangled automobile” driven by electricity on a trial run yesterday, the German Transocean agency reported in a wireless transmission to the United States recorded by the New York Times.
    • 1987, Kerry Cue, Hang On To Your Horses Doovers, page 5:
      From the Marvel Mixmaster to the Miracle Microwave, every time a new-fangled gadget has lobbed into the Aussie kitchen, Aussie mums have changed their cooking styles accordingly.
    • 1988, E[dward] J[ames] Moran Campbell, Not Always on the Level, [London]: British Medical Journal, →ISBN, page 194:
      I have tried all the medium and short acting non-barbiturate sedatives since the war (including thalidomide) but they don’t work and I don’t trust the newfangled long acting, “safe” analgesics.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:newfangled.
  2. Fond of novelty.

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