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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 ?
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.
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.
19) In a 1710 paper of The Tatler, Joseph Addison penned Gimcracks will, in which the virtuoso bequeaths butterflies, shells, a "female skeleton" and a "dried cockatrice" to his "dear wife.
It's interesting that Gosden is keen to keep him to 6f as recent Gimcracks have produced few classic contenders, but the race has been a rich source of sprinters.