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gewgaw Syllabification: gew·gaw
Pronunciation: /ˈɡyo͞oɡô/

Definition of gewgaw in English:


(usually gewgaws)
A showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless.
Example sentences
  • With check-in times now prolonged because of security issues, traders are lapping up even more business as they tempt us with their trinkets and gewgaws.
  • The bookshelves are pine, and contain six levels of books each, with knickknacks and gewgaws on each level.
  • It was successful, too, and we came away with the car boot stuffed with pictures, frames, pots and gewgaws all carefully chosen to lift a corner here, add a bit of interest there.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with gewgaw

Igor • rigor

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