AskDefine | Define contraption

Dictionary Definition

contraption n : a device that is very useful for a particular job [syn: appliance, contrivance, convenience, gadget, gizmo, gismo, widget]

User Contributed Dictionary



Originally a Western English dialectical word. Origin unclear. Perhaps from contrive + trap.


  • /kənˈtræp.ʃən/


  1. A mechanical device of any sort, especially one that is complicated.


Mechanical device of any sort, esp. one that is complicated
  • Finnish: vekotin, vempain, vehje
  • Icelandic: tæki
  • Italian: aggeggio, congegno, coso, diavoleria

Extensive Definition

Contraption may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

apparatus, contrivance, device, gadget, gimcrack, gimmick, gizmo, hand tool, implement, instrument, means, mechanical device, mechanism, power tool, precision tool, speed tool, thingumabob, thingumajig, thingummy, tool, utensil, widget
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