kickshaw was our Word of the Day on 05/24/2014. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of kickshaw in a Sentence
a display case in the antiques shop filled with costume jewelry and various kickshaws from the 1920s
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
First Known Use: 1597See Words from the same year
Synonymsbauble, bibelot, curio, curiosity, doodad, gaud, gewgaw (also geegaw), gimcrack, knickknack, novelty, ornamental, tchotchke, trinket
Related Wordsbijouterie, bric-a-brac, gimcrackery, trinketry, trumpery, virtu (or vertu); bagatelle, trifle; figurine, objet d'art (also objet), ornament; keepsake, memento, souvenir; conversation piece; collectible (or collectable), collector's item
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