a peddler, especially of inferior articles.


of or suitable for a cheap-jack; cheap or inferior.
without scruples or principles; underhanded: using cheap-jack methods to evict tenants.

Nearby words

  1. cheap,
  2. cheap at twice the price,
  3. cheap out,
  4. cheap shot,
  5. cheap skate,
  6. cheapen,
  7. cheapie,
  8. cheaply,
  9. cheapo,
  10. cheapside

Also cheap·jack, cheap-john [cheep-jon] /ˈtʃipˌdʒɒn/.

Origin of cheap-jack

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cheapjack

  • The rewards of the literary world—that is, the tangible, potable, spendable rewards—go mostly to the cheapjack and the mountebank.

    Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
  • If Llanyglo's cheapjack in one way, perhaps it isn't in another.

    Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions

British Dictionary definitions for cheapjack



a person who sells cheap and shoddy goods


shoddy or inferior

Word Origin for cheap-jack

C19: from cheap + Jack (name used to typify a person)

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