Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective New and often needlessly novel.
  • adjective Fond of novelty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disposed to take up new things; fond of change: same as newfangle: with reference to persons.
  • New-made or new-fashioned; novel; formed with affectation of novelty: with reference to things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Newly made; of a new type or fashion; formed with the affectation of novelty; -- sometimes used to express disapproval or disdain.
  • adjective Disposed to change; inclined to novelties; given to new theories or fashions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Contemptibly modern, unfamiliar, or different.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English newfanglyd, fond of novelty, alteration of neufangel : newe, new; see new + *-fangel, taken; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Some people shake their heads over what they call newfangled notions.

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  • Stewart Guthrie, professor emeritus of anthropology at Fordham University, was not surprised by the growing interest in newfangled notions about what those Maya time keepers might have had in mind as far back as AD 200.

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  • What the marketing guys really meant when they called their newfangled cooking systems infrared, was radiant heat because there is a radiant surface, a plate of glass, ceramics, or metal, between the burners and the cooking grates.

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  • What the marketing guys really meant when they called their newfangled cooking systems infrared, was radiant heat because there is a radiant surface, a plate of glass, ceramics, or metal, between the burners and the cooking grates.

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  • And yet, I'm so very fond of the "Dr. Virago" persona and I worry that if I blogged under my own name I'd be less inclined to squeal about being able to see baby animals at the zoo or mock our U's president for his "newfangled" blog (which, as you know, deserves serious mocking).

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  • So, John, those are just some of the kind of newfangled approaches to help snoring.

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  • Concerns have been raised about having the "newfangled" traffic control right in the vicinity of the school, where young, inexperienced drivers will be driving through it regularly.

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  • Concerns have been raised about having the "newfangled" traffic control right in the vicinity of the school, where young, inexperienced drivers will be driving through it regularly.

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  • It takes that old chestnut of a Cinderella myth, pumps it full of new life and vitality, and sends it spinning off into the ether like some kind of newfangled original tale.

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  • Gumbolt Gap, they were all opposed to any "newfangled" notions, and they regarded everything that came from carpet-baggers as "robbery and corruption."

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