gewgaw

[ gyoo-gaw, goo- ]
/ ˈgyu gɔ, ˈgu- /

noun

something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble.

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Origin of gewgaw

1175–1225; Middle English giuegaue; gradational compound of uncertain origin; perhaps akin to Middle French, French gogo (see À gogo)

OTHER WORDS FROM gewgaw

gew·gawed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gewgaw

gewgaw
/ (ˈɡjuːɡɔː, ˈɡuː-) /

noun

a showy but valueless trinket

adjective

showy and valueless; gaudy

Word Origin for gewgaw

C15: of unknown origin
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