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knickknack

or nicknack

[nik-nak] /ˈnɪkˌnæk/
noun
1.
an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
Origin of knickknack
1610-1620
1610-20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”
Related forms
knickknacked, adjective
knickknacky, adjective
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  • 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.

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

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • She was almost lost in a jumble of parcels and toys and knickknacks.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • By the purest chance, dallying over the knickknacks, he picked up a plaster-cast of a hand.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • There were knickknacks for the toilet-table, pictures for the wall, a little book-case of hanging shelves.

    A Fair Mystery

    Bertha M. Clay

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