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Thursday, September 19, 2002

Definitions for gimcrack

  1. showy but useless.
  2. a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.

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Citations for gimcrack
I slide open drawers. Holiday seashells, ancient CDs, dried out pens, a single earring, my first tuning fork, datasticks and gimcrack souvenirs, all slide and roll. Ian R. MacLeod, Song of Time, 2008
Now that building was gone, though it had dated only from the fifties. Just as Mr. Farquar's house was gone, replaced by a gimcrack sort of castle that was the weekend home of some people from Toronto. Alice Munro, "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, 2001
Origin of gimcrack
1325-1375
Gimcrack comes from the Middle English term gibecrake, and is of uncertain origin. It may be related to the Old French giber meaning "to shake."