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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Definitions for kickshaw

  1. a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
  2. something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.

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Citations for kickshaw
When a stale cold fool is well heated, and hashed by a satirical cook, he may be tossed up into a kickshaw not disagreeable. Alexander Pope (1688–1744), Letter to Mr. Caryll, The Works of Alexander Pope: Volume VIII, 1824
Love is but a flitting shadow, a lure, a gimcrack, a kickshaw. Nathanael West, The Dream Life of Balso Snell, 1931
Origin of kickshaw
1590-1600
Kickshaw comes from an English pronunciation of quelque chose meaning "something" or "a little something." It entered English in the late 1500s.