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A cheap and showy object of little or no use; a gewgaw.
Cheap and tasteless; gaudy: gimcrack souvenirs.

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

gim′crack′er·y n.


(ˈdʒɪmˌkræk ə ri)

1. cheap, showy, useless ornaments, trinkets, etc.
2. obvious or contrived effects, esp. in art, music, literature, etc.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gimcrackery - ornamental objects of no great valuegimcrackery - ornamental objects of no great value
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify


nPlunder m, → Firlefanz m (both pej inf)
References in classic literature ?
The commerce of Lucerne consists mainly in gimcrackery of the souvenir sort; the shops are packed with Alpine crystals, photographs of scenery, and wooden and ivory carvings.
But another poignant trend of saying naat's and hamd's in modern songs karoke has become weird gimcrackery and completly frontal attack on religion.
But in framing the struggle between the powerful conglomerate labels that have sorted out in the music recording industry and altruistic individual musicians or bands, Burkart adds an element of melodrama with his use of arduous sociological lingo that almost pushes the tone into gimcrackery. As such, this book explores the ontology of normative lifeworlds through the theory of communicative action, and does not do it in the everyday language of the musician, or even music scholar.
Bauer revisits the same location after dark for Nocturnal Gimcrackery. In this photo, the building takes on an Escheresque appearance of nightmarish complexity, while a single window illuminated by a television's pale blue glow suggests a kind of private rebellion or retreat.