gimcrack


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gim·crack

 (jĭm′krăk′)
n.
A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw.
adj.
Cheap and tasteless; gaudy: gimcrack souvenirs.

[Possibly alteration of Middle English gibecrake, small ornament.]

gim′crack′er·y n.

gimcrack

(ˈdʒɪmˌkræk)
adj
cheap; shoddy
n
a cheap showy trifle or gadget
[C18: changed from C14 gibecrake little ornament, of unknown origin]
ˈgimˌcrackery n

gim•crack

(ˈdʒɪmˌkræk)

n.
1. a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw; trinket.
adj.
2. showy but useless.
[1625–35; alter. of Middle English gib(e)crake; compare Middle English gibben to waver (< Old French giber to shake)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gimcrack - ornamental objects of no great valuegimcrack - ornamental objects of no great value
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
Adj.1.gimcrack - tastelessly showygimcrack - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste

gimcrack

adjective cheap, vulgar, tacky (informal), tasteless, naff (Brit. slang), shoddy, gaudy, tawdry, trashy, rubbishy a gift shop selling gimcrack badges, keyrings and bottle openers

gimcrack

noun
Translations

gimcrack

[ˈdʒɪmkræk] ADJ [furniture] → de pacotilla

gimcrack

adjbillig; furniture, toys alsominderwertig

gimcrack

[ˈdʒɪmˌkræk] adj (pej) → dozzinale
References in classic literature ?
When he comes back he writes books--queer, odd books, they say, about some gimcrack he's found in them heathen countries.
I had the smith's reverence now, because I was apparently immensely prosperous and rich; I could have had his adoration if I had had some little gimcrack title of nobility.
Th' old squire looked up at this, and peered in his way at the screen, and said, 'One pound thirteen for a gimcrack like that!
Almost the whole frontage was of gilt plaster and figured glass, and between that grey seascape and the grey, witch-like trees, its gimcrack quality had something spectral in its melancholy.
The great altar of the cathedral and also three or four minor ones are a perfect mass of gilt gimcracks and gingerbread.
You may be sure that she showed Rebecca over every room of the house, and everything in every one of her drawers; and her books, and her piano, and her dresses, and all her necklaces, brooches, laces, and gimcracks. She insisted upon Rebecca accepting the white cornelian and the turquoise rings, and a sweet sprigged muslin, which was too small for her now, though it would fit her friend to a nicety; and she determined in her heart to ask her mother's permission to present her white Cashmere shawl to her friend.
I say, that easing a world of such misproud priests as thou art of their jewels and their gimcracks, is a lawful spoiling of the Egyptians.''
"About antiquities, the old gimcracks that people pay so much for today.
Only last week I broke one of his fine gimcracks up there, and all through Lady Clarinda and her flowers!"
GIM-CRACKER SPEED is again of the essence in the Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (York 3.00), which is ironic as the horse it commemorates did his racing at between two and four miles and once competed in a 221/2-mile race against the clock in France.
Going to York is not a worry as he won the Gimcrack there.
FENDALE maintained his unbeaten record in the British Stallion Studs EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes at Musselburgh and booked his ticket for the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York in the process.