gewgaw

gewgaw

[gyoo-gaw, goo-]
noun
something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.
Also, geegaw.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English giuegaue; gradational compound of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to Middle French, French gogo (see À gogo)

gewgawed, adjective
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gewgaw (ˈɡjuːɡɔː, ˈɡuː-)
 
n
1.  a showy but valueless trinket
 
adj
2.  showy and valueless; gaudy
 
[C15: of unknown origin]

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gewgaw
early 13c., possibly a reduplication connected with O.Fr. gogue "joke, game," or jou-jou "toy," baby-talk word, from jouer "to play," from L. jocare.
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geegaw definition

[ˈgigɔ] and [ˈgugɔ]
and gewgaw; googaw
  1. n.
    a gadget; a bauble. : What do you do with these gewgaws? Hang them on a tree?
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