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kickshaw

[kik-shaw] /ˈkɪkˌʃɔ/
noun
1.
a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
2.
something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something (by folk etymology)
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British Dictionary definitions for kickshaws

kickshaw

/ˈkɪkˌʃɔː/
noun
1.
a valueless trinket
2.
(archaic) a small elaborate or exotic delicacy
Word Origin
C16: back formation from kickshaws, by folk etymology from French quelque chose something
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Word Origin and History for kickshaws

kickshaw

n.

late 16c., "a fancy dish in cookery" (especially a non-native one), from English pronunciation of French quelque chose "a something, a little something."

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