- a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.
- showy but useless.
Origin of gimcrack
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Examples from the Web for gimcrack
I will buy her the necklace she scolded me about at Lacy and Gimcrack's; it's just the sum.
A nice set you must be to give your gimcrack craft such a name as that!Fitz the Filibuster
George Manville Fenn
The Gothic souls find fault with it, and say it is gimcrack and tawdry and cheap.Aaron's Rod
D. H. Lawrence
As a rule, they are of a flimsy and gimcrack order of architecture.The Turkish Bath
Robert Owen Allsop
He then thought of what a fool he had been to give her back that gimcrack pistol.The Peace of Roaring River
George van Schaick
- cheap; shoddy
- a cheap showy trifle or gadget
Word Origin and History for gimcrack
1610s, "showy person;" sense of "trifle" first recorded 1839; of uncertain origin, perhaps alteration of gibecrake, a kind of ornament on wooden furniture (mid-14c.), perhaps from Old French giber "to rattle, shake" + Middle English crak "sharp noise, crack." In 18c.-19c. it also meant "a person who has a turn for mechanical contrivances."