or nick·nack

[ nik-nak ]
/ ˈnɪkˌnæk /


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”

Related forms

knick·knacked, adjectiveknick·knack·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knickknack

  • “Perhaps one or two smaller things, a knickknack or two,” he moaned.

    The Inevitable|Louis Couperus
  • The girls helped to make the cave more homelike, and the lads appreciated every decoration and knickknack given them.

  • He well represented the spirit and workmanship of the eighteenth century in the knickknack art of the Second Empire.