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  1. a cheap ornament; trinket
  2. an ornamental article of furniture, dress, etc
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Derived Formsknick-knackery or nick-nackery, noun

Word Origin for knick-knack

C17: by reduplication from knack, in obsolete sense: toy
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Related Words for knick-knack

gimmick, oddity, curiosity, souvenir, trifle, item, gewgaw, bagatelle, gimcrack, curio, bauble, memento, whatnot, virtu, toy, trinket, knickknack, bibelot, knick-knack

Examples from the Web for knick-knack

Historical Examples of knick-knack

  • Wasn't it heart-rending, that knick-knack shop which they had stuck beside it?

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • "Perhaps one or two smaller things, a knick-knack or two," he moaned.

    The Law Inevitable

    Louis Couperus

  • It is on a little stand on my knick-knack table—and looks so well!

  • In half an hour, not a corner remained unexplored, not a knick-knack unlifted.

  • This definition of the knick-knack fairly indicates the general level of our artistic competence.

Word Origin and History for knick-knack


also knickknack, 1570s, reduplication of knack "stratagem, trick."

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