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gewgaw

[gyoo-gaw, goo-] /ˈgyu gɔ, ˈgu-/
noun
1.
something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.
Also, geegaw.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English giuegaue; gradational compound of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to Middle French, French gogo (see À gogo)
Related forms
gewgawed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gewgaws

gewgaw

/ˈɡjuːɡɔː; ˈɡuː-/
noun
1.
a showy but valueless trinket
adjective
2.
showy and valueless; gaudy
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gewgaws

gewgaw

n.

early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, possibly connected with Old French gogue "rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game;" or jou-jou "toy," baby-talk word, from jouer "to play," from Latin jocare (see joke).

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