cheapjack

1 of 2

noun

cheap·​jack ˈchēp-ˌjak How to pronounce cheapjack (audio)
1
: a haggling huckster
2
: a dealer in cheap merchandise

cheapjack

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adjective

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

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, 11 Jan. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

cheap + the name Jack

First Known Use

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cheapjack was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Cheapjack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cheapjack. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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