- 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
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Examples from the Web for widget
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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
C20: changed from gadget
Word Origin and History for widget
"gadget, small manufactured item," c.1920, American English, probably an alteration of gadget, perhaps based on which it.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper