- an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
Origin of knickknack
1610–20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”
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Examples from the Web for knickknack
“Perhaps one or two smaller things, a knickknack or two,” he moaned.The Inevitable
He well represented the spirit and workmanship of the eighteenth century in the knickknack art of the Second Empire.Rodin: The Man and his Art
The girls helped to make the cave more homelike, and the lads appreciated every decoration and knickknack given them.Tramping with Tramps