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gubbins

/ˈɡʌbɪnz/
noun (informal)
1.
(functioning as sing) an object of little or no value
2.
(functioning as sing) a small device or gadget
3.
(functioning as pl) odds and ends; litter or rubbish
4.
(functioning as sing) a silly person
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: fragments): from obsolete gobbon, probably related to gobbet
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  • There's a lot like gubbins, an' one has to try an' sweeten 'em a bit once a week or so.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • The sergeant called for assistance, and gubbins was hauled up.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • For Green would not think of him as dead, and no more for that matter did gubbins, though Davis had given up all hope long ago.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • But let it not be supposed that all Mrs. Flanagan's guests were of the gubbins and Riley stamp.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • Up darted the man with the exuberant hair, and up rose Mark and gubbins.

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won Theodore P. Wilson
  • She has intimacy with two families—the Grimstones and the gubbins's.

  • He has to visit the widow gubbins, who fell down the cornhouse steps the week before, and broke her leg.

  • But gubbins and Lind refused to desert their posts and abandon Benares.

    India Under British Rule James Talboys Wheeler
  • Dr. Growling had gone over to Mrs. gubbins', as desired, and was buried deep in gossip.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • I cared nothing about Canning and Son's profits, or the prices of Mr. gubbins's butter; nothing whatever.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson

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