Other Word Forms of Contraption
Origin of Contraption
Possibly a Western US English dialectical word. Unknown origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion. Chambers suggests contrivance + adaption. Neither Chambers nor Concise Oxford suggests a US origin. cf cantrip (Scots dialect), a wilful piece of trickery.
Perhaps mock-Latinate blend of contrive trap
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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