WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
widg•et  (wijit),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products:the widgets coming off the assembly line.
  • perh. alteration of gadget 1925–30

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widget /ˈwɪdʒɪt/ n
  1. informal any small mechanism or device, the name of which is unknown or temporarily forgotten
Etymology: 20th Century: changed from gadget


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