- informal any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a small mechanical device, as a knob or switch, esp. 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.
- perh. alteration of gadget 1925–30