Origin of gewgaw
Examples from the Web for gewgaw
Some of them have been won by a mess of pottage, a mere bauble or a gewgaw.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
Here again the gewgaw of royal parade was intended to entrap the admiration of the ignorant.
The crown of my fathers has shrunk into a gewgaw and a toy,—their ambition and their spirit are undecayed!Zanoni|Edward Bulwer Lytton
And all of them with some gewgaw to be blessed in the Virgin's bowl.A Little Pilgrimage in Italy|Olave M. (Olave Muriel) Potter
At her disposal was wealth without stint, every luxury the soft could desire, every gewgaw the vain could covet.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for gewgaw
Word Origin for gewgaw
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).