- a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
- anything of trivial value.
- to deal secretly or surreptitiously.
Origin of trinket
First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for trinket
It looked like a copper pull-chain from an old lamp, with a trinket attached that could have come from a cereal box.To Shoot or Not to Shoot
April 14, 2011
The trinket works as follows: Ask a question, shake the ball, and a tiny digital readout supplies an answer.If Hillary Is Worthy, Then So Is Caroline
December 17, 2008
It is a trinket that isn't of much value only as a keep-sake.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
So Badhild gave the trinket to the girl and bade her take it to Wayland.
It did not avail, for she would hot move till she received some trinket.Negritos of Zambales
William Allan Reed
Struck by a sudden thought, he dropped the trinket back on the carpet.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
I must have touched the spot by accident, for of a sudden the trinket flew open.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
- a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery
- a trivial object; trifle
C16: perhaps from earlier trenket little knife, via Old Northern French, from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for trinket
1530s, of unknown origin. Evidently a diminutive form, perhaps related to trick.
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