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gewgaw

[gyoo-gaw, goo-]
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noun
  1. something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.
Also geegaw.

Origin of gewgaw

1175–1225; Middle English giuegaue; gradational compound of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to Middle French, French gogo (see À gogo)
Related formsgew·gawed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gewgawed

gewgaw

noun
  1. a showy but valueless trinket
adjective
  1. showy and valueless; gaudy

Word Origin

C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gewgawed

gewgaw

n.

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).

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