knickknack

noun
knick·​knack | \ ˈnik-ˌnak How to pronounce knickknack (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural knickknacks also nicknacks

Definition of knickknack

: a small trivial article usually intended for ornament a collection of colorful knickknacks Known in the computer industry as tchotchkes, which is Yiddish for cheap trinkets, the knickknacks distributed in the past year have included "Love Me Tender" toilet-roll dispensers, wax eyeballs, chocolate computers and Nerf-ball launchers.— Jim Carlton Melissa Etheridge's spacious two-story home outside Los Angeles is filled with knickknacks from her life: Aside from awards and photos, there is a small collection of vintage neon clocks … and a Thelma & Louise poster signed by the cast (including a then-unknown Brad Pitt).— Lynette Rice

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Examples of knickknack in a Sentence

The shelves were filled with knickknacks. a variety of pretty porcelain knickknacks adorned the mantel
Recent Examples on the Web But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 But this nightmarish knickknack has now become a powerful weapon in the latest #CuratorBattle taking place on Twitter: a call for the creepiest objects in the collections of museums around the world. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Museums Challenged to Showcase ‘Creepiest Objects’ Deliver Stuff of Nightmares," 21 Apr. 2020 Stars performed from the safety of their basements, bathrooms, dens and foyers as fans hungrily took inventories of the books, knickknacks and showbiz memorabilia on display. Los Angeles Times, "Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday bash reminds us why his music remains so radical," 27 Apr. 2020 The entry room is scattered with assorted knickknacks ranging from a magic set to a metronome. Washington Post, "Welcome to Mark Hoppus’s Animal Crossing island," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of knickknack

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knickknack

reduplication of knack

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The first known use of knickknack was in 1682

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“Knickknack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knickknack. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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knickknack

noun
How to pronounce knickknack (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of knickknack

: a small object used for decoration

knickknack

noun
knick·​knack | \ ˈnik-ˌnak \

Kids Definition of knickknack

: a small ornamental object

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