gubbins

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
gub·​bins | \ ˈgəbə̇nz \
variants: or less commonly gubbings \ " , -​biŋz \

Definition of gubbins

1 dialectal, British : fish parings or refuse broadly : any bits and pieces : scraps
2 British : gadgets, gadgetry the gubbins for changing a tire all the navigational gubbins— J. L. Rhys
3 British : a foolish or futile person : simpleton you silly gubbins

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History and Etymology for gubbins

gubbins, plural of gubbin fragment, paring, alteration of obsolete English gobone gobbet, portion, from Middle English gobyn, goboun; gubbings, alteration of gubbins

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“Gubbins.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gubbins. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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