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gimcrack

[ jim-krak ]
/ ˈdʒɪmˌkræk /
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noun

a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.

adjective

showy but useless.

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Origin of gimcrack

1325–75 for earlier sense; Middle English gib(e)crake; compare Middle English gibben to waver (<Old French giber to shake)
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British Dictionary definitions for gimcrack

gimcrack
/ (ˈdʒɪmˌkræk) /

adjective

cheap; shoddy

noun

a cheap showy trifle or gadget

Derived forms of gimcrack

gimcrackery, noun

Word Origin for gimcrack

C18: changed from C14 gibecrake little ornament, of unknown origin
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