kickshaw

[ kik-shaw ]
/ ˈkɪkˌʃɔ /

noun

a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d'oeuvre.
something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.

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Origin of kickshaw

1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws<French quelque chose something (by folk etymology)
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British Dictionary definitions for kickshaw

kickshaw

kickshaws

/ (ˈkɪkˌʃɔː) /

noun

a valueless trinket
archaic a small elaborate or exotic delicacy

Word Origin for kickshaw

C16: back formation from kickshaws, by folk etymology from French quelque chose something
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