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 Her knickknacks are confined to a small tin at the center of her coffee table that houses some eye drops, a flashlight, a bottle of Advil and an amethyst crystal. Amy Kaufmanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Linda Ronstadt on the sound of her life," 5 Sep. 2019 Tchotchke CHATCH-kuh; a decorative object or knickknack, from Yiddish. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Pronounce Hygge, Etagère, and More Design Words," 22 July 2019 But environmentalists worry that the deluge of knickknacks adds to landfill — and say their concerns are heightened as swag goes more high tech. Carolyn Said,, "It’s free. It’s fun. Why Silicon Valley loves swag — and how it’s changing," 21 July 2019 The 59-year-old sells rat poison, used shoes, and assorted knickknacks on a street corner in Guatemala City. Washington Post, "Guatemala awaits presidential election results," 11 Aug. 2019 Its 4-star knickknack stores are Hallmark gift stores crossed with Brookstone., "Two years in, Amazon has hardly launched a revolution at Whole Foods," 16 June 2019 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of knickknack

: a small object used for decoration


knick·​knack | \ ˈnik-ˌnak\

Kids Definition of knickknack

: a small ornamental object

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