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1. A fancy food; a delicacy.
2. A trinket; a gewgaw.

[By folk etymology from French quelque chose, something : quelque, some (quel, what from Latin quālis, of what kind; see quality + que, what, which, who, from Vulgar Latin *que, from Latin quid, what; see quiddity) + chose, thing; see chose2.]


(ˈkɪkˌʃɔː) or


1. a valueless trinket
2. (Cookery) archaic a small elaborate or exotic delicacy
[C16: back formation from kickshaws, by folk etymology from French quelque chose something]



1. a tidbit or delicacy.
2. trinket; trifle.
[1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kickshaw - something considered choice to eatkickshaw - something considered choice to eat  
aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, victuals, nutrition - a source of materials to nourish the body
choice morsel, tidbit, titbit - a small tasty bit of food
savoury, savory - an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre
confection, sweet - a food rich in sugar
nectar, ambrosia - (classical mythology) the food and drink of the gods; mortals who ate it became immortal
jelly, gelatin - an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
bone marrow, marrow - very tender and very nutritious tissue from marrowbones
References in classic literature ?
Sapsea that evening, no kickshaw ditties, favourites with national enemies, but gave him the genuine George the Third home-brewed; exhorting him (as 'my brave boys') to reduce to a smashed condition all other islands but this island, and all continents, peninsulas, isthmuses, promontories, and other geographical forms of land soever, besides sweeping the seas in all directions.
I hope," said another, "it will be, mainly, good substantial joints, sirloins, spareribs, and hinder quarters, without too many kickshaws.
Every copper I've got went to pay the bearers here and to buy the kickshaws and rum for old What's-his-name, and I'm not anxious to start again as a pauper.
Meanwhile, Ben Sandler, co-owner of the Queens Kickshaw, said that he is a fan of the brewery because it attempts to preserve the flavours of a season through beer.
Lewis was a member of the Pacific Northwest a cappella group Kickshaw for four years.
I own a bar, coffee shop and restaurant and it allows me to run multiple types of hospitality businesses off of one system," said Ben Sadler, Owner, The Queens Kickshaw, New York.
But what inspired this Kickshaw was finding a typo where the misprint isn't a word but nonetheless is a credible coinage and a synonym; namely, offsprig.
Let's inspect a Kickshaw item of his in the following spot:--DM]
Based on that, a new definition of kickshaw could be "a slap in the face following an unwanted kiss.
This Kickshaw is offered as a cautionary tale to logologists not to be too foolhardy in forging new front tears.
In the August 2012 Kickshaws, Jim Puder discussed the longest words and names used in palindromes.
In the kitchen there was a great quantity of frogs among the dishes; adders' skins, with little children's fingers inside; salad of mushroom-seed; wet mice's snouts and hemlock; beer, from the brewery of the old Witch of the Moor; sparkling saltpetre wine from a grave-cellar,-- all very substantial eating: rusty nails and church-window glass were among the delicacies and kickshaws.