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knickknack

or nick·nack

[nik-nak]
noun
  1. an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
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Origin of knickknack

1610–20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”
Related formsknick·knacked, adjectiveknick·knack·y, adjective
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  • He walked around the room, inspecting the furnishings and knickknacks.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow

  • There was a refreshing absence of small photographs and knickknacks.

    Weatherby's Inning

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • Here you are all got together at this sale of fineries and knickknacks.

  • There was, for a woman's apartment, a curious absence of ornamentation and knickknacks.

    The Hillman

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • There were pictures, chairs, cushions, and knickknacks that simply had to be hidden away.

    The Cup of Fury

    Rupert Hughes