• Contraption


    • RP IPA: /kənˈtræp.ʃən/


    Possibly a Western US English dialectical word. Unknown origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion. Chambers suggests contrivance + adaption

    Chambers Dictionary, Edinburgh, 1998, s.v.

    . Neither Chambers nor Concise Oxford suggests a US origin. cf cantrip (Scots dialect), a wilful piece of trickery.

    Full definition of contraption



    (plural contraptions)
    1. A machine that is complicated and precarious.
    2. (figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
      • Wodehouse Offing|XII|“Yes, sir, if that was the language of love, I'll eat my hat,” said the blood relation, alluding, I took it, to the beastly straw contraption in which she does her gardening, concerning which I can only say that it is almost as foul as Uncle Tom's Sherlock Holmes deerstalker, which has frightened more crows than any other lid in Worcestershire.


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