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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.]
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(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]
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1. a tidbit or delicacy.
2. trinket; trifle.
[1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws < French quelque chose something]
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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
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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.
"Return whence you came; take back those horrible vegetables, and that poor kickshaw! Order a larded hare, a fat capon, mutton leg dressed with garlic, and four bottles of old Burgundy."
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.
"I hope," said another, "it will be, mainly, good substantial joints, sirloins, spareribs, and hinder quarters, without too many kickshaws. If I thought the good lady would not take it amiss, I should call for a fat slice of fried bacon to begin with."
Mischetti, CropCamp director, with her kickshaw morsels to make everyone feel "alia the One" and her seductive reasoning for how Kivali can join her as a camp leader--if she will just be selective about the truths she tells.
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.
Regardless, a galaxy of sprockets and kickshaw bricolage swell from my
Claire Martha Plimpton Anna Kate Burton Catherine, the maid Arden Myrin David Mamet tosses out his usual theatrical lexicon and reaches rather far afield for both the style and substance of "Boston Marriage," an odd kickshaw of a comedy--to borrow one of the many arcane words Mamet sprinkles over the play like powdered sugar.
No one familiar with table fare would have allowed her to construe "kickshaw" (as in Twelfth Night 1.3.
To cap off this Kickshaw item, even though these aren't extra-long titles, here are some imaginary titles by imaginary or real authors.
* Dave Morice introduced word-unit examples and wondered whether letter-unit forms could be composed (Kickshaws, Word Ways: Vol.