[ jim-krak-uh-ree ]
/ ˈdʒɪmˌkræk ə ri /


cheap, showy, useless trifles, ornaments, trinkets, etc.
obvious or contrived effects, especially in art, music, literature, etc.

Nearby words

  1. gilyak,
  2. gimbal,
  3. gimbals,
  4. gimbel,
  5. gimcrack,
  6. gimel,
  7. gimlet,
  8. gimlet eye,
  9. gimmal,
  10. gimme

Origin of gimcrackery

First recorded in 1770–80; gimcrack + -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gimcrackery

  • Matilda did very well and only for a moment let the scene slip out of the atmosphere of gimcrackery into the air of life.

    Old Mole|Gilbert Cannan
  • A man who can kiss a woman's hands like that is at liberty to clear the whole house of gimcrackery.

    Septimus|William J. Locke