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gimcrack

PRONUNCIATION:
(JIM-krak)

MEANING:
noun: Something cheap and showy, of little use.
adjective: Showy, but worthless.

ETYMOLOGY:
Of uncertain origin, perhaps an alteration of Middle English gibecrake (small ornament), possibly from Old French giber (to shake).

USAGE:
"Uncle Rabid Prophet TechEye has worshiped more gimcrack bits of junk and practiced more half-baked religions than all of Hollywood combined."
Bow Down And Open Your Wallet; Warsaw Business Journal (Poland); Aug 21, 2006.

See more usage examples of gimcrack in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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