Definition of gewgaw in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡjuːɡɔː/
(also chiefly North American geegaw)


(usually gewgaws)
A showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless: a house full of Victorian gewgaws
More 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.

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