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



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 Cinematheque to screen rare doc about Sex Pistols 1978 tour," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cheapjack


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cheapjack


cheap + the name Jack

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The first known use of cheapjack was in 1851

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“Cheapjack.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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