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knickknack

or nicknack

[nik-nak] /ˈnɪkˌnæk/
noun
1.
an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
Origin of knickknack
1610-1620
1610-20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”
Related forms
knickknacked, adjective
knickknacky, adjective
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  • He well represented the spirit and workmanship of the eighteenth century in the knickknack art of the Second Empire.

  • The girls helped to make the cave more homelike, and the lads appreciated every decoration and knickknack given them.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • “Perhaps one or two smaller things, a knickknack or two,” he moaned.

    The Inevitable Louis Couperus

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