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

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Luckily, Hila and Matt [the homeowners] preferred a more contemporary version of the bohemian style, and requested minimal accessories and knickknacks that could be broken by their seven and nine-year-old children. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Meet Barrie Livingstone, The Winner of Bravo's Best Room Wins Episode Nine," 27 June 2019 Wood panel walls, vinyl booths, and knickknacks throughout the space are charmingly throwback, while the pizza—crispy and high-sided—is decidedly timeless. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Pizza Places in Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 Six or seven decades ago, a big shot’s office was likely to be dominated by a boxy desk, surrounded by a few unremarkable chairs and perhaps a table stacked with files and knickknacks. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Florence Knoll Bassett Gave Corporate Offices a Clean, Modern Look," 1 Feb. 2019 As the home’s third owners in almost 100 years, a little work had to be done to fit both their needs and their knickknacks. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Step Inside a Serene Bungalow," 25 Jan. 2019 All sorts of knickknacks were added: side bets, charitable donations, awkward social media promotions, Charles Barkley. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Refund Madness! Tiger & Phil’s Vegas Bogey," 25 Nov. 2018 Books, my alarm clock, my BlackBerry, a little fish dish that holds knickknacks, a hair scrunchie. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom's Life: Soledad O'Brien," 7 June 2011 Comics, fairgrounds, movies, famous paintings, parks, forests, knickknacks, gardens, childhood — all are grist for the Ashberian smoothie. Michael Robbins, chicagotribune.com, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018 If shopping gets your heart thumping, Pangaea Outpost has an eclectic array of jewelry, clothing and knickknacks from indie merchants. Dorothy O'donnell, latimes.com, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018

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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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knickknack

noun

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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