• (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪdʒɪt

Etymology 1Edit

Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924).


widget (plural widgets)

  1. A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
    Synonyms: thingy, gizmo, sprocket; see also Thesaurus:thingy
    Suppose we have a widget factory that produces 100 units per year...
    • 2020 August 12, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Rail at the brink? Not yet...”, in Rail, page 3:
      Damage inflicted on the rail industry supply chain, from major contractors to widget manufacturers, would have further profound nationwide consequences on an already damaged industry and wrecked economy.
  2. (computing) Portable code that can be easily installed and executed by an end user.
  3. A floating device inside a beer can, meant to create foam when opened.
  4. A small scraping tool consisting of a blade and a handle, commonly used to remove paint from glass and other smooth surfaces.
    Synonym: scraper

Etymology 2Edit

Blend of window +‎ gadget


widget (plural widgets)

  1. (computing, graphical user interface) Any one of the components of a computer application's graphical user interface, such as a Cancel button or text input box that a user interacts with.
    Synonym: control

Furher readingEdit



From English widget.


widget m (plural widgets)

  1. (computing) widget