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also nick·nack  (nĭk′năk′)
A small ornamental article; a trinket.

[Reduplication of knack.]
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an ornamental trinket.
[1610–20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knickknack - a small inexpensive mass-produced article
article - one of a class of artifacts; "an article of clothing"
2.knickknack - miscellaneous curios
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
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A small showy article:
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References in classic literature ?
"I can tell you, niece," replied Don Quixote, "if these chivalrous thoughts did not engage all my faculties, there would be nothing that I could not do, nor any sort of knickknack that would not come from my hands, particularly cages and tooth-picks."
There was an old hair trunk in one corner, and a guitar-box in another, and all sorts of little knickknacks and jimcracks around, like girls brisken up a room with.
But Alan's was a room in commission, filled with clothes, knickknacks, letters, books, and the conveniences of a solitary man.
Beyond an oaken dressing-table, with an orderly litter of combs and brushes and dainty feminine knickknacks, there was no sign of its being used as a bedroom.
Harris carelessly; "he has all sorts of Chinese knickknacks about the place.
Where does the word knickknack for a decorative trinket come from?
Some people get angry when they find their brand-name knickknack is actually a cheap knock off.
"It's a knickknack Patty Wak, give the frog a loan--his old man's a Rolling Stone."
Groups of spectators, diners, shoppers and tourists weave through the occasional hustler, pickpocket, knickknack seller and hashish dealer.
Pic shows him dealing with diverse situations: raiding an illegal gambling operation; recovering a stolen big-rig full of ceramic knickknack molds; investigating an elderly attorney's shooting death; and addressing junior high students (latter prospect provokes a rare instance of nervousness).
The big ships dock in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka for tourists to browse in knickknack shops full of miniature totem poles, seal furs and canned salmon.
To address aging baby boomers, they include new magnifiers; for Generation Y, they feature photo displays, removable knickknack storage and magnetic note holders.