kickshaw

play
noun kick·shaw \ˈkik-ˌshȯ\

Definition of kickshaw

  1. 1 :  a fancy dish :  delicacy

  2. 2 :  trinket, gewgaw

kickshaw was our Word of the Day on 05/24/2014. Hear the podcast!

Examples of kickshaw in a Sentence

  1. a display case in the antiques shop filled with costume jewelry and various kickshaws from the 1920s

  2. the company's holiday party always features an array of artfully confected kickshaws

Did You Know?

Kickshaw began its career in the late 16th century as a borrowing from the French quelque chose - literally, "something." In line with the French pronunciation of the day, the "l" was dropped and the word was anglicized as "kickshaws" or "kickshoes." English speakers soon lost all consciousness of the word’s French origin and, by taking "kickshaws" as plural, created the new singular noun "kickshaw."

Origin and Etymology of kickshaw

by folk etymology from French quelque chose something



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kickshaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!