knickknack

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

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 His office at Trump Tower was so crammed with memorabilia, including Shaquille O’Neal’s gargantuan sneakers, that visitors had to edge their way inside to avoid knocking down a knickknack. Glenn Thrush, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2022 Kids were able to create their own slime concoction at a special station featuring all the ingredients needed — including two dozen scent options — to make an awesome batch of the gooey knickknack. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 And the usual Saturday routine – grocery shopping, lunch with my wife, strolling through knickknack shops in our beloved downtown Fredericksburg – was still in place. Martin A. Davis Jr., The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Dec. 2021 Dust collectors on my knickknack shelf include a small decorative dish made from Iceland lava and a model of the Unisphere, the United States Steel exhibit at the 1961 World’s Fair in New York City. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 23 May 2021 Every knickknack, furnishing and fabric is era-appropriate. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 However, all too often, the senior citizen in a nursing home will be given something completely useless, such as dusting powder, or some silly knickknack. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 21 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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7 Sep 2022

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“Knickknack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knickknack. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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knickknack

noun
knick·​knack | \ ˈnik-ˌnak \

Kids Definition of knickknack

: a small ornamental object

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