[ kik-shaw ]
/ ˈkɪkˌʃɔ /


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

Origin of kickshaw

1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something (by folk etymology) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kickshaw



/ (ˈkɪkˌʃɔː) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kickshaw



late 16c., "a fancy dish in cookery" (especially a non-native one), from English pronunciation of French quelque chose "a something, a little something."

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