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gimcrack

[jim-krak] /ˈdʒɪmˌkræk/
noun
1.
a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.
adjective
2.
showy but useless.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75 for earlier sense; Middle English gib(e)crake; compare Middle English gibben to waver (< Old French giber to shake)
Synonyms
1. bauble, knickknack, trinket, ornament.
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  • It's both fascinating and unnerving with its gimcrack gadgets and reputation for being haunted.
British Dictionary definitions for gimcrack

gimcrack

/ˈdʒɪmˌkræk/
adjective
1.
cheap; shoddy
noun
2.
a cheap showy trifle or gadget
Derived Forms
gimcrackery, noun
Word Origin
C18: changed from C14 gibecrake little ornament, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gimcrack
n.

1610s, "showy person;" sense of "trifle" first recorded 1839; of uncertain origin, perhaps alteration of gibecrake, a kind of ornament on wooden furniture (mid-14c.), perhaps from Old French giber "to rattle, shake" + Middle English crak "sharp noise, crack." In 18c.-19c. it also meant "a person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances."

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Slang definitions & phrases for gimcrack

gimcrack

noun

A gaudy trifle; gewgaw; curiosity (1632+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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