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

  • adj. New and often needlessly novel. See Synonyms at new.
  • adj. Fond of novelty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Contemptibly modern, unfamiliar, or different.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new


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.


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