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[wij-it] /ˈwɪdʒ ɪt/
a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, especially one whose name is not known or cannot be recalled; gadget:
a row of widgets on the instrument panel.
something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products:
the widgets coming off the assembly line.
Digital Technology. a module on a website, in an application, or in the interface of a device that allows users to access information or perform a function:
I added a weather widget to my screen.
Origin of widget
First recorded in 1925-30; perhaps alteration of gadget Unabridged
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(informal) any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
a small device in a beer can which, when the can is opened, releases nitrogen gas into the beer, giving it a head
a small computer program that can be installed on and executed from the desktop of a personal computer
Word Origin
C20: changed from gadget
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Contemporary definitions for widget

any of several species of uncultivated blueberry of the genus Vaccinium


Wild blueberries are harvested from late July to early September in Maine.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for widget

"gadget, small manufactured item," c.1920, American English, probably an alteration of gadget, perhaps based on which it.

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Slang definitions & phrases for widget



: as though it were read aloud from the press release of a widget manufacturer


A mechanical, electrical, or electronic device; gadget, gizmo: It's three floors of sights, sounds, illusions, movements, gadgets, widgets, and gizmos/ not an activity I would recommend to anyone daunted by a widgit more complicated than a stapler (1920+)

[an alteration of gadget, perhaps based on hypothetical which it on the model of whatzit and whoozis]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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