A useful little gadget.
An example of a gadget is a lime squeezer.
- any small, esp. mechanical contrivance or device
- any interesting but relatively useless or unnecessary object
Origin of gadgetfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps French gâchette, catch (of a lock), tumbler, diminutive of gâche, a bolt, catch
Origin of gadgetPerhaps originally 19th century glassblowers' jargon gadget spring-pressure clip at the end of a punty to hold the foot of a glass being blown without creating a mark probably from French gâchette pawl, tumbler in a gunlock, strike plate (a metal plate in a door jamb for a hole for receiving the bolt of a lock) gâche strike plate, collar or bracket for a pipe ( from Middle French gasche strike plate, iron hook ) ( from Old French calk of a shoe or horseshoe ) ( from Frankish gaspia buckle, clasp ) (Middle Dutch gespe ) ( probably (with metathesis) from Germanic gapsō, *gipsō ) (Old Norse geispa to yawn ) ( and gapa to gape ) -ette diminutive suffix ( from Middle French) ( from Old French; see -ette . )
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 were available for Windows Vista and 7, 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 other environments. See widget, Sidebar, Google Desktop and iGoogle.