- a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
- something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.
Origin of kickshaw
1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something (by folk etymology)
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Examples from the Web for kickshaw
Andover, knowing her, imagined that she had been refused some kickshaw, and thought no more about it.The Black Moth
Put about a cup of ale, is this not better than your foolish French kickshaw claret.The Anglo-French Entente in the Seventeenth Century
Absolutely everybody seemed to be lunching at Kickshaw's yesterday!
Notwithstanding the comforting assurances of Kickshaw, I felt considerably nervous.
- a valueless trinket
- archaic a small elaborate or exotic delicacy
C16: back formation from kickshaws, by folk etymology from French quelque chose something
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Word Origin and History for kickshaw
late 16c., "a fancy dish in cookery" (especially a non-native one), from English pronunciation of French quelque chose "a something, a little something."
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