from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small mechanical device or control; a gadget.
- n. An unnamed or hypothetical manufactured article.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A placeholder name for an unnamed, unspecified, or hypothetical manufactured good or product.
- n. Portable code that can be easily installed and executed by an end user.
- n. A floating widget or other device inside a beer can, meant to create foam when opened
- n. A small scraping tool consisting of a blade and a handle, commonly used to remove paint from glass and other smooth surfaces
- n. Any one of the components of a computer application's graphical user interface, such as a Cancel button or text input box that a user interacts with.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a device or control that is very useful for a particular job
- n. something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known
Perhaps alteration of gadget.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by George S. Kaufman in his play Beggar on Horseback (1924). (Wiktionary)
Borrowed as a shortened form of “window gadget” (Wiktionary)