gimcrack

[ jim-krak ]
/ ˈdʒɪmˌkræk /

noun

a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw.

adjective

showy but useless.

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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gimcrack

/ (ˈdʒɪmˌkræk) /

adjective

cheap; shoddy

noun

a cheap showy trifle or gadget

Derived Forms

gimcrackery, noun

Word Origin for gimcrack

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