a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
A machine that is complicated and precarious.
Any object referred to with irony, derision, or contempt.
Origin: Originally a Western US English dialectical word. origin. Perhaps from contrive + trap + -tion
Contraption is an American game show and one of the original programs on the Disney Channel, which ran from April 18, 1983 to January 9, 1988 and again from March 8 to October 25, 1989. The show was hosted by actor/comedian Ralph Harris and announced by Miranda Fredricks.