gew·​gaw | \ ˈg(y)ü-(ˌ)gȯ How to pronounce gewgaw (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈjē-​(ˌ)gȯ How to pronounce gewgaw (audio) , ˈgē-​ \

Definition of gewgaw

: a showy trifle : bauble, trinket

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Examples of gewgaw in a Sentence

had a shelf devoted just to gewgaws featuring his favorite team's mascot
Recent Examples on the Web And how nice to see Cynthia Erivo — to really see the woman and not have her overwhelmed by an elaborate mishmash of ruffles and gewgaws. Washington Post, "The Golden Globes red carpet showed it’s okay to delight in fashion rather than just tolerating it," 6 Jan. 2020 Loaded to the gills with all-wheel drive, digital gewgaws and two-tone leather interior, my racy coupe stickered for $62,000 — a healthy $20,000 cheaper than a comparable BMW M4 coupe. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Infiniti quickens the pulse with all-season Q60 looker (review)," 28 Dec. 2019 Giveaways are a universal phenomenon, but Silicon Valley has made free gewgaws and gadgets an integral part of its culture. Owen Thomas,, "The internet promised us a world without borders. Ooops," 24 July 2019 The nihilistic gewgaw, vacuous and vulgar, instead embodies the mythos that can be manufactured in a crude market-culture that primarily values art as a luxury asset. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Unicorns are just one of the wild rides in the Getty’s marvelous ‘Book of Beasts’," 23 July 2019 Graphics: Your choice of desktop-class RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 Display: Your choice of four 17.3-inch FHD (1920x1080) displays, with or without touch, with or without gewgaws like Tobii eye-tracking. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined," 8 Jan. 2019 Bookstores should be designed to bring us closer together, not modeled after an open prairie dotted with books and assorted gewgaws — puzzles, Lego kits, Polaroid cameras. John Warner,, "How to save Barnes & Noble? Take a page from the indie bookstores it nearly killed," 6 June 2018 Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney have all won Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and countless other prizes and gewgaws in the weeks leading up to the Oscars. Glenn Whipp,, "The Oscar acting races are locked ... probably," 20 Feb. 2018 If ever one needed proof that the real charm of jewellery has little to do with its material worth, one need only to listen to the Hoppen girls talking gems and gewgaws with their grandmother, the ever-glamorous Stephanie Hoppen. A-LIST, "Family Jewels," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of gewgaw

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gewgaw

origin unknown

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The first known use of gewgaw was circa 1529

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“Gewgaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gewgaw

: a small thing that has little value

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