- cheap, showy, useless trifles, ornaments, trinkets, etc.
- obvious or contrived effects, especially in art, music, literature, etc.
Origin of gimcrackery
First recorded in 1770–80; gimcrack
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for gimcrackery
Historical Examples of 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.
A man who can kiss a woman's hands like that is at liberty to clear the whole house of gimcrackery.