Definition of widget noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪdʒɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdʒɪt//
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  1. 1(informal) used to refer to any small device that you do not know the name of
  2. 2(business) a product that does not exist, used as an example of a typical product when making calculations Company A produces two million widgets a year. Calculate the profit per widget.
  3. 3 (computing) a small box on a computer screen that delivers changing information, such as news items or weather reports, while the rest of the page remains the same widgets include search boxes, weather guides, pop-up windows and drop-down lists The widget is a link to the latest news headlines.
  4. Word Origin1930s (originally US): perhaps an alteration of gadget.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: widget