wid·​get ˈwi-jət How to pronounce widget (audio)
: gadget
: an unnamed article considered for purposes of hypothetical example
: a small software application that is designed to provide a specific piece of information (such as news, weather, or traffic updates) or a specific function (such as taking notes or controlling another application) on demand
This resource allows anglers to see what advisories are in effect in specific waterways … . The web page is optimized for mobile devices, with a widget that allows users to zoom to their exact location on the map with the press of a button.Chris Knauss
A widget might show you the weather forecast, or the latest baseball scores. There are widgets that show photographs you've stored online, or that cull images from the Daily Puppy Web site.Rob Walker

Example Sentences

manufacturers of all kinds of widgets for the do-it-yourselfer
Recent Examples on the Web The mining giant and Western Australia’s government are attempting to find the widget, which is as much as 8 millimeters (0.3 inch) in length and contains a small amount of the radioactive isotope caesium-137. Archie Hunter, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2023 The first of the two options for Google Maps is the rectangular Frequent Trips widget. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Oct. 2022 Plus, according to the app’s developer, CoverScreen OS still leaves you able to use the Oppo Find N2 Flip’s default cover display functionality like system quick toggles and widgets. Jon Porter, The Verge, 14 Mar. 2023 To better communicate the energy imbalance our greenhouse gases are causing, the folks at Skeptical Science have even released a widget that can be embedded in blogs. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2013 Like most graphical widgets, tabs are metaphors whose referent has been largely forgotten. Meghan O'gieblyn, WIRED, 28 Mar. 2023 Getting a book published is not so different from an inventor who finds a company to build the inventor’s new widget. Peter Gregory, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Image: Microsoft Microsoft is also improving its widgets system in Windows 11 to include third-party options from Meta and Spotify. Tom Warren, The Verge, 28 Feb. 2023 Third-party widgets will include include Phone Link, Xbox Game Pass, Spotify and Meta's apps. PCMAG, 28 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of gadget

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of widget was in 1924

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“Widget.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/widget. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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