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Variant of knickknack.
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an ornamental trinket.
[1610–20; gradational compound based on knack in obsolete sense “toy”]
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Noun1.nicknack - miscellaneous curios
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
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References in classic literature ?
To say the truth, Jones himself was not a little surprized at what he saw; for, besides the extraordinary neatness of the room, it was adorned with a great number of nicknacks and curiosities, which might have engaged the attention of a virtuoso.
Mistress Selwyn had your taste and she did wonders; but folks in those days didn't have the pretty little curtains and pictures and nicknacks you have.
Higgins was brought up on Morris and Burne Jones; and her room, which is very unlike her son's room in Wimpole Street, is not crowded with furniture and little tables and nicknacks. In the middle of the room there is a big ottoman; and this, with the carpet, the Morris wall-papers, and the Morris chintz window curtains and brocade covers of the ottoman and its cushions, supply all the ornament, and are much too handsome to be hidden by odds and ends of useless things.
The market closes on December 16 - and if you're anything like me, December 17 will be the day you decide, yes, your mum would like that nicknack you've been considering for the last few weeks, only to realise it's now closed.
The perfect nicknack for anyone who remembers the marmaladeloving, duffel coat-wearing bear in his prime.
So what if you hadn't already identified a distinct need for a small wooden horse-type rustic nicknack to sit on the windowsill.
My favourite room was the dining area, full of elegant antique nicknacks and crockery from a time way back when.
I am so excited I have been able to pick lots of tree decorations and lots of lovely Christmas nicknacks that I think you will love.
If you want a more touristic type of shopping: fridge magnets, colorful sarongs, artistic nicknacks, handmade toys, t-shirts, paintings -.
Modern designs can include secret drawers for jewellery and other nicknacks and can be fitted with mirrors on top.
And after C4's Posh Pawn, this is another series tapping into our supposed fascination with the unwanted nicknacks of the super rich.

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