cheapjack

noun
cheap·​jack | \ ˈchēp-ˌjak How to pronounce cheapjack (audio) \

Definition of cheapjack

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a haggling huckster
2 : a dealer in cheap merchandise

cheapjack

adjective

Definition of cheapjack (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being inferior, cheap, or worthless cheapjack movie companies
2 : unscrupulously opportunistic cheapjack speculators

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Examples of cheapjack in a Sentence

Adjective a cheapjack little watch that I wear on camping trips
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the basements and dive bars a very different sound was happening -- and not just the sound of bottles of cheapjack whiskey smashing against the walls. John Petkovic, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cinematheque to screen rare doc about Sex Pistols 1978 tour," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cheapjack

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cheapjack

Noun

cheap + the name Jack

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The first known use of cheapjack was in 1851

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“Cheapjack.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheapjack. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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