Definition of widget in US English:



  • 1A small gadget or mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown or unspecified.

    • ‘Gadgets and widgets and all that cool stuff that make life easier, or at least more fun, that's what I want to write about.’
    • ‘All of the ideas and all of the amends are delegated down from the project managers and the conceptual people to the people who actually produce the final work who are also the people who actually understand what widgets and doodahs are for.’
    • ‘Prior to stamping and polymer clay and all the other gadgets and widgets we have today, we had paints and canvas.’
    • ‘As you get deeper into turkeys, you'll find an almost infinite number of widgets, gadgets and gimmicks for turkey hunters.’
    • ‘Too often we are caught up in the latest high-capacity firearm that is chock-full of the newest gizmos and widgets.’
    device, gadget, machine, appliance, contraption, apparatus, mechanism, implement, tool, labour-saving device, invention
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    1. 1.1Computing An application, or a component of an interface, that enables a user to perform a function or access a service.
      • ‘Behind your widget website there is a large database of widgets.’
      • ‘More downloadable widgets are in the offing; people with programming talents can build their own.’
      • ‘Furthermore, many Web pages are busy places, full of navigation widgets and data entry fields.’
      • ‘For example, if the feature could be turned on an off via a checkbox widget, that information was included in the description along with whether the checkbox was selected or not selected by default.’
      • ‘The days when developers would sit at a text editor manually arranging buttons, listboxes and other widgets by brain power alone are pretty much gone.’


1930s: perhaps an alteration of gadget.