May. 9th, 2017

gimcrack

May. 9th, 2017 08:22 am
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gimcrack (JIM-krak) - n., a cheap and showy object of little or no use. adj., Cheap and tasteless, gaudy.


Strong connotation of shoddy make as well as cheap. Compare gewgaw, kickshaw, knickknack, tchotchke, bauble, and trinket. In this form since the 17th century, alteration of earlier gibcrake/gibecrake, first appearing in the 14th century, of unknown origin.

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