contraption (plural contraptions)
- A machine that is complicated and precarious.
- (figuratively, derogatory or ironic) Any object.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
- “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.
- French: machin, bidule
- German: Apparat, Gerät, Vorrichtung, Erfindung
- Italian: aggeggio, congegno, marchingegno
- Portuguese: engenhoca, geringonça
- Russian: (хитроу́мное) приспособле́ние
- Spanish: artilugio
- German: Ding, Objekt, Gerät, Machwerk
- Italian: trabiccolo, ferro vecchio, catorcio, coso, diavoleria
- Portuguese: geringonça
- Russian: штуко́вина
- Spanish: armatoste