- The definition of a gadget is a small, unique-use mechanical or electronic device.
An example of a gadget is a lime squeezer.
A useful little gadget.
- any small, esp. mechanical contrivance or device
- any interesting but relatively useless or unnecessary object
Origin of gadget; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps French gâchette, catch (of a lock), tumbler, diminutive of gâche, a bolt, catch
Origin of gadgetOrigin unknown.
Unknown. First used in print by Robert Brown in 1886 (see quote in definition section). Might come from French gâchette or gagée.
gadget - Computer Definition
(1) Pronounced "gah-jit," slang for any hardware device, typically small. Synonymous with "gizmo." Smartphones, tablets and portable game and music players are sometimes placed in the gadget category. See fondleslab.
(2) A mini app that stays on screen to provide quick functionality. Search box, clock, weather, calculator and stock market gadgets are typical examples. The gadget may be static, such as a calculator, that requires input from the user, or be "live" and changing such as the weather and stock market. Gadgets are available for Windows desktops, starting with Vista, the Google Desktop and the personal home pages of Windows Live and iGoogle. Gadgets are called "widgets" ("wih-jit") on smartphones, tablets, the Mac desktop and Yahoo personal home pages. See widget, Sidebar, Google Desktop and iGoogle.