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knickknack

or nick·nack

[ nik-nak ]
/ ˈnɪkˌnæk /
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noun

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”

OTHER WORDS FROM knickknack

knickknacked, adjectiveknickknacky, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for knickknack

knick-knack

nick-nack

/ (ˈnɪkˌnæk) /

noun

a cheap ornament; trinket
an ornamental article of furniture, dress, etc

Derived forms of knick-knack

knick-knackery or nick-nackery, noun

Word Origin for knick-knack

C17: by reduplication from knack, in obsolete sense: toy
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