Definition of knick-knack in English:

knick-knack

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɪknak
 
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(also nick-nack)

noun

(usually knick-knacks)
Small worthless objects, especially household ornaments: the room was filled with tables, knick-knacks, and a large three-piece suite
More 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
ornament, novelty, gewgaw, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, trinket, trifle, bauble, gimcrack, bagatelle, curio, curiosity, plaything, toy;
North American kickshaw;
informal oojah, whatnot, thingamajig, thingamabob, dingle-dangle
North American informal tchotchke, tsatske
British informal doobry, doodah

Origin

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

Derivatives

knick-knackery

noun
More 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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