gimcrack

[jim-krak]
noun
1.
a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.
adjective
2.
showy but useless.

Origin:
1325–75 for earlier sense; Middle English gib(e)crake; compare Middle English gibben to waver (< Old French giber to shake)


1. bauble, knickknack, trinket, ornament.
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gimcrack (ˈdʒɪmˌkræk)
 
adj
1.  cheap; shoddy
 
n
2.  a cheap showy trifle or gadget
 
[C18: changed from C14 gibecrake little ornament, of unknown origin]
 
'gimcrackery
 
n

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gimcrack
1618, "showy person," sense of "trifle" first recorded 1839, of uncertain origin, perhaps alteration of gibecrake "a kind of ornament" (1360), perhaps from O.Fr. giber "to rattle, shake" + M.E. crak "sharp noise, crack." In 18c.-19c. it also meant "a person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances."
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