- something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.
Origin of gewgaw
Examples from the Web for gewgaw
Then sprang into existence the tawdry, the common, the gewgaw.The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
James McNeill Whistler
And all of them with some gewgaw to be blessed in the Virgin's bowl.A Little Pilgrimage in Italy
Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter
Some of them have been won by a mess of pottage, a mere bauble or a gewgaw.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love
Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
To the gewgaw fetters of rhyme (invented by the monks to enslave the people) I have a rooted objection.Rejected Addresses
At her disposal was wealth without stint, every luxury the soft could desire, every gewgaw the vain could covet.What Will He Do With It, Complete
- a showy but valueless trinket
- showy and valueless; gaudy
Word Origin and History for gewgaw
early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, possibly connected with Old French gogue "rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game;" or jou-jou "toy," baby-talk word, from jouer "to play," from Latin jocare (see joke).