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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.
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gimcrack

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

noun
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Translations

gimcrack

[ˈdʒɪmkræk] ADJ [furniture] → de pacotilla
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

gimcrack

adjbillig; furniture, toys alsominderwertig
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gimcrack

[ˈdʒɪmˌkræk] adj (pej) → dozzinale
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
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!"
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.
KEVIN RYAN made it three Gimcracks in the last nine years and back-to-back triumphs when Astaire tapped his rivals for early speed and then dug deep to hold off all-comers in the 6f sprint.
Gimcracks own marriage plot leaves him with a wife (his second) known for her sexual promiscuity.