Definition of gimcrack in English:

gimcrack

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɪmkrak
 
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adjective

noun

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  • A cheap and showy ornament; a knick-knack.
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    • There's nothing you can do to change the little ones' minds about the gewgaws and gimcracks they expect to find beneath the tree - or to stop your in-laws' annual onslaught, for that matter.
    • He was driving some sissy little Japanese car with odd little tires and wheels and a bunch of ugly gewgaws and gimcracks bolted on.
    • As soon as they arrive, Amelia excitedly shows Rebecca ‘over every room of the house, and everything in every one of her drawers; and her books, and her piano, and her dresses, and all her necklaces, brooches, laces, and gimcracks '.

Derivatives

gimcrackery

noun

Origin

Middle English gibecrake, of unknown origin. Originally a noun, the term denoted some kind of inlaid work in wood, later a fanciful notion or mechanical contrivance, hence a knick-knack.

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