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widget (device)

Definition:

a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

widgets

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924). | Borrowed...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of widget...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

contraption

([informal, often facetious, insulting] a device or contrivance, especially one considered strange, unnecessarily intricate, or improvised (16 of 483 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/contraption

Wikipedia:

Contraption [disambiguation]

may refer to: a contraption; a machine, device or gadget | Contraption, a British electronica band | Contraption, a German Heavy metal music band | Contraption (game show), a game show formerly broadcast on the Disney Channel | Circus Contraption, a ... (37 of 112 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Contraption

Merriam-Webster:

contraption | device [synonym] | gadget [synonym] | appliance [synonym] | contrivance [synonym] | gimmick [synonym] | gizmo [synonym] | jigger [synonym] | widget [synonym]

"device", "gadget" (2 of 86 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/contraption

Oxford Dictionary:

contraption

a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe (16 of 69 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/contraption

Macmillan British Dictionary:

contraption [countable] | contraptions [plural]

a machine or piece of equipment, especially one that looks strange or complicated (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/contraption

Cambridge Dictionary:

contraption

a device or machine that looks awkward or old-fashioned, especially one that you do not know how to use (19 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/contraption

Wiktionary:

contraption | contraptions [plural] | contrivance [synonym, sense-specific] | device [synonym, sense-specific] | fandango [synonym, sense-specific] | gadget [synonym, sense-specific] | mechanism [synonym, sense-specific]

A machine that is complicated and precarious. | [figurative, derogatory or sarcastic] Any object. (13 of 29 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/contraption

New World Dictionary:

contraption

a device or machine regarded as strange, incomprehensible, makeshift, etc.; contrivance or gadget (13 of 22 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/contraption

American Heritage Dictionary:

contraption

A mechanical device; a gadget. (5 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/contraption

Random House Dictionary:

contraption [informal]

a mechanical contrivance; gadget; device. (5 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/contraption

Britannica Encyclopedia:

widget [software]

widely used type of Internet-based consumer software, particularly popular on social networking sites, that runs within a member's profile page. ... (20 of 93 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/1366084​/widget

Encarta Dictionary:

contraption | contraptions [plural]

a device or machine, especially one that appears strange or improvised (11 of 38 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599993​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

widget | widgets [plural]

Origin: Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924). | Borrowed as a shortened form of "window gadget"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/widget

gadget | gadgets [plural]

Origin: Unknown. First used in print by Robert Brown in 1886 (see quote in definition section). Might come from French gâchette or gagée.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gadget

Online Etymology:

widget

First use: about 1920

Origin: "gadget, small manufactured item", American English, probably an alteration of "gadget", perhaps based on which it.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=widget

gadget

First use: 1886

Origin: gadjet (but said to date back to 1850s), sailors' slang word for any small mechanical thing or part of a ship for which they lacked, or forgot, ... (28 of 47 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gadget

Oxford Dictionary:

widget [informal]

First use: 1930s

Origin: perhaps an alteration of "gadget"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/widget

gadget

First use: late 19th century

Origin: (originally in nautical use): probably from French gâchette "lock mechanism" or from the French dialect word gagée "tool"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gadget

Collins Dictionary:

widget

First use: 20th century

Origin: changed from gadget

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/widget

gadget

First use: 19th century

Origin: perhaps from French gâchette lock catch, trigger, diminutive of gâche staple

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gadget

Merriam-Webster:

widget

First use: 1926

Origin: alteration of gadget

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/widget

gadget

First use: 1886

Origin: unknown

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gadget

American Heritage Dictionary:

widget

Origin: Perhaps alteration of "gadget".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/widget

gadget

Origin: unknown

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New World Dictionary:

widget [United States]

Origin: altered from "gadget"

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gadget

Origin: perhaps French gâchette, catch (of a lock), tumbler, diminutive of gâche, a bolt, catch

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gadget

Audio references

Wiktionary:

gadget | gadgets [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gadget"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gadget

Collins Dictionary:

widget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "widget"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/widget

gadget

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gadget"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gadget

Macmillan British Dictionary:

widget [countable, informal] | widgets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "widget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/widget

gadget [countable] | gadgets [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "gadget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/gadget

Macmillan American Dictionary:

widget [countable, informal] | widgets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "widget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/widget

gadget [countable] | gadgets [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gadget"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/gadget

Cambridge Dictionary:

widget [informal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "widget"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "widget"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/widget

gadget

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "gadget"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "gadget"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/gadget

the Free Dictionary:

widget

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "widget"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "widget"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "widget" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/widget

gadget

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gadget"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gadget"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gadget" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/gadget

Google Dictionary:

widget | widgets [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "widget"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=widget

gadget | gadgets [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gadget"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

widget

Audio: North American pronunciation of "widget"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=widget​01 word=widget

gadget

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gadget"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=gadget​01 word=gadget

YourDictionary Audio:

widget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "widget"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/widget

gadget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gadget" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gadget

freedictionary.org:

gadget

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gadget" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=gadget

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