[ nik-nak ]
/ ˈnɪkˌnæk /
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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 knickknackknickknacked, adjectiveknickknacky, adjective
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How to use knickknack in a sentence
The trio haunted east coast flea markets, sourcing knickknacks that would adorn the lobby and guest rooms.Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood’s Greatest Legacy|Jessica Dawson|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Soon after the young tyke began collecting presidential memorabilia and other knickknacks.The White House Scammer|Jacob Bernstein|November 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
She passed the dressing-table, still crowded with her knickknacks and mementoes.The Salamander|Owen Johnson
A richly-furnished place, with knickknacks and fine muslin about it, would have been set on fire immediately.The Queen of Hearts|Wilkie Collins
It was a sort of boudoir, filled with feminine knickknacks and mahogany lounging chairs.The Window at the White Cat|Mary Roberts Rinehart
Several curious townspeople strolled to the office door, and out of good nature invested in various knickknacks displayed.Bound to Succeed|Allen Chapman
We have fancy trays, knickknacks, and extra little tables that we do not need.
British Dictionary definitions for knickknack
/ (ˈnɪkˌnæk) /
a cheap ornament; trinket
an ornamental article of furniture, dress, etc
Derived forms of knick-knackknick-knackery or nick-nackery, noun
Word Origin for knick-knack
C17: by reduplication from knack, in obsolete sense: toy
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