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knickknack

Syllabification: knick·knack
Pronunciation: /ˈniknak
 
/

Definition of knickknack in English:

noun

(usually knickknacks)
A small worthless object, especially a household ornament.
Example sentences
  • He was stunned at the vast amount of knick-knacks and souvenirs - of value to his mother but to no one else.
  • Browsing the shops is the main pastime: the stores offer rural knick-knacks and antiques as well as a fair amount of New Age wares such as quartz crystals, incense burners and Indian rugs.
  • Shelving installed around the room up near the ceiling is great for keeping stuffed animals, framed photos and knick-knacks up and out of the way.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'a petty trick'): reduplication of knack.

Derivatives

knickknackery

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌnakərē/
noun
Example sentences
  • You should seriously rethink all the little novelties and knickknackeries you have around your place.
  • But in fact that Appalachian rusticity is quite appealing so the furniture & plates & metalware & humidors & sundry knickknackery are all quite lovely.
  • Tin Star is a small storefront cafe mixed in among all the other small storefront cafes, bars, art galleries and purveyors of knickknackery along Evergreen's high street.

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