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[cheep-jak] /ˈtʃipˌdʒæk/
a peddler, especially of inferior articles.
of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
without scruples or principles; underhanded:
using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.
Also, cheapjack, cheap-john
[cheep-jon] /ˈtʃipˌdʒɒn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cheap-jack
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cheap-jack
Historical Examples
  • Next to the Magna Charta brethren a cheap-jack had placed his cart.

  • Or carrying a cheap-jack Bradford agent to make a dicker in wool?

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • Soon the voice of the cheap-jack was heard mingling with the others on shore.

  • As for the cheap-jack fellows, let our master make 'em pay toll.

  • It was the usual thing, mocking blasphemy delivered in the voice of a cheap-jack, with a flavour of the clown.

    A Lost Cause Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • A thin gentleman with furs, puzzle boxes, and other cheap-jack gear was not much called upon though called at.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • Somehow this cheap-jack way of getting out of doing any work by spending a little money, got my goat something fierce.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • The law, wrote M. Jusserand, distinguished very clearly between an educated physician and a cheap-jack of the cross-ways.

  • But at least the cheap-jack does advertise his wares, whereas the don or dear-jack advertises nothing except himself.

    George Bernard Shaw Gilbert K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for cheap-jack


a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods
shoddy or inferior
Word Origin
C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)
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