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gimcrack

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noun gim·crack \ˈjim-ˌkrak\

Definition of gimcrack

  1. :  a showy object of little use or value :  gewgaw

gimcrackery

play \ˈjim-ˌkra-k(ə-)rē\ noun

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Examples of gimcrack in a sentence

  1. a remarkable amount of money is spent on gimcracks and other unnecessary items each year

  2. that woman has enough gimcracks to fill up a novelty company's mail-order catalog

Did You Know?

Gimcrack is only one of many peculiar-sounding words that have pervaded our language to refer to something ornamental and of little value. Others include bauble, trinket, knickknack, gewgaw, kickshaw and tchotchke. Bauble appears to be the oldest among the group, with usage dating back to the 14th century. Gewgaw and kickshaw first appeared in the 16th century, whereas gimcrack and knickknack established themselves in the 17th century. Tchotchke, borrowed from the Yiddish, is by far the most recent addition to our language, only first appearing as an English word in the 1970s.

Origin and Etymology of gimcrack

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1676


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gimcrack

adjective gim·crack

Definition of gimcrack

Examples of gimcrack in a sentence

  1. a store plastered with going out of business signs and notorious for selling gimcrack merchandise

1715

First Known Use of gimcrack

1715



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