- an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
Origin of knickknack
1610–20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”
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Examples from the Web for knickknacks
Soon after the young tyke began collecting presidential memorabilia and other knickknacks.The White House Scammer
November 2, 2011
He walked around the room, inspecting the furnishings and knickknacks.The Easiest Way
Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
There was a refreshing absence of small photographs and knickknacks.Weatherby's Inning
Ralph Henry Barbour
Here you are all got together at this sale of fineries and knickknacks.Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four.
William H. Elson
There was, for a woman's apartment, a curious absence of ornamentation and knickknacks.The Hillman
E. Phillips Oppenheim
There were pictures, chairs, cushions, and knickknacks that simply had to be hidden away.The Cup of Fury