Definition of kickshaw in English:
1A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin.
- Puddings, ‘kickshaws’, or ‘made dishes’, and salads of cooked, pickled, or raw vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
- Different tasty kickshaws baked in a puff pastry.
- Tonolo's put it in little choux buns, puff-pastry kickshaws, tiny tartlets, and God knows what else.
1.1chiefly North American An elegant but insubstantial trinket.
- He pursues the miching-malicho lyric and the possibilities it offers, but always with an acute sense of how to true the comic impulse that vitalizes his sublime as well as kickshaw modes.
- But Musgrave, in his sturdy, common-sense way, only laughed at her seriousness over such kickshaws.
late 16th century: from French quelque chose 'something'. The French spelling was common in the 17th century; the present form results from interpretation of quelque chose as plural.
Definition of kickshaw in:
- US English dictionary