[gyoo-gaw, goo-]


something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.

Also geegaw.

Origin of gewgaw

1175–1225; Middle English giuegaue; gradational compound of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to Middle French, French gogo (see À gogo)
Related formsgew·gawed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gewgaw



a showy but valueless trinket


showy and valueless; gaudy

Word Origin for gewgaw

C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gewgaw

early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, possibly connected with Old French gogue "rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game;" or jou-jou "toy," baby-talk word, from jouer "to play," from Latin jocare (see joke).

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