Contraption meaning

kən-trăp'shən
The definition of a contraption is a strange machine, appliance or device used to do something.

A strange little bike that you built yourself to get you from place to place that looks as if it is going to fall apart at any minute is an example of a contraption.

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A mechanical device; a gadget.
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A device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, makeshift, etc.; contrivance or gadget.
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(figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
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Origin of contraption

  • Perhaps mock-Latinate blend of contrive trap
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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.
    From Wiktionary