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  1. cheap, showy, useless trifles, ornaments, trinkets, etc.
  2. obvious or contrived effects, especially in art, music, literature, etc.
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Origin of gimcrackery

First recorded in 1770–80; gimcrack + -ery
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Historical Examples

  • Matilda did very well and only for a moment let the scene slip out of the atmosphere of gimcrackery into the air of life.

    Old Mole

    Gilbert Cannan

  • A man who can kiss a woman's hands like that is at liberty to clear the whole house of gimcrackery.


    William J. Locke