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or nicknack

[nik-nak] /ˈnɪkˌnæk/
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”
Related forms
knickknacked, adjective
knickknacky, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have fancy trays, knickknacks, and extra little tables that we do not need.

  • He walked around the room, inspecting the furnishings and knickknacks.

    The Easiest Way Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • These waggons will be packed full with select girls and women, and with lots of money and knickknacks, you may be sure.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • There was a refreshing absence of small photographs and knickknacks.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The pictures and knickknacks on his mantelpiece told us, before we ever saw him, what manner of man he was.

    The Theory of the Theatre Clayton Hamilton
  • There were pictures, chairs, cushions, and knickknacks that simply had to be hidden away.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • "Mary has been full of her knickknacks to-day," said her old uncle, joining them.

  • She passed the dressing-table, still crowded with her knickknacks and mementoes.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • You won't help make him a free American again; you'll just help give him knickknacks so he won't rebel against his slavery.

    Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum)

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