To the gewgaw fetters of rhyme (invented by the monks to enslave the people) I have a rooted objection.
Then sprang into existence the tawdry, the common, the gewgaw.
Some of them have been won by a mess of pottage, a mere bauble or a gewgaw.
At her disposal was wealth without stint, every luxury the soft could desire, every gewgaw the vain could covet.
And all of them with some gewgaw to be blessed in the Virgin's bowl.
Gimcrack, jim′krak, n. a toy: a gewgaw: a trivial mechanism—also Jim′crack.
Everything was in its proper place, not an ornament missing; not a gewgaw disturbed.
Compare it for a moment with the gewgaw skimble-skamble diplomatic sensationalism with which we have been presented since.
The crown of my fathers has shrunk into a gewgaw and a toy,—their ambition and their spirit are undecayed!
The crown of my fathers has shrunk into a gewgaw and a toy,—their ambition and their spirit are undecayed.
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).