gewgaw

gewgaw
   Showy but valueless. Rapidly trifling. One of the many words in English for "miscellaneous objects" or "nondescript junk," which also includes nickknack, trinket, doodad, whatnot, and tchotchke. (pron. GYOO-gaw, or GOO-'gaw) Also see bad art, bibelot, bric-a-brac, brummagem, camp, collectible, decoration, decorative, decorative arts, hooptedoodle, kitsch, ornament, realia, and taste.

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  • Gewgaw — Gew gaw, n. [OE. gigawe, gugawe, gewgaude, prob. the same word as OE. givegove gewgaw, apparently a reduplicated form fr. AS. gifan to give; cf. also F. joujou plaything, and E. gaud, n. See {Give}, and cf. {Giffgaff}.] A showy trifle; a toy; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gewgaw — Gew gaw, a. Showy; unreal; pretentious. [1913 Webster] Seeing his gewgaw castle shine. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gewgaw — early 13c., giuegaue, contemptuous reduplication, possibly connected with O.Fr. gogue rejoicing, jubilation; joke, prank, mockery, game; or jou jou toy, baby talk word, from jouer to play, from L. jocare (see JOKE (Cf. joke)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gewgaw — ► NOUN ▪ a showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • gewgaw — [gyo͞o′gô΄] n. [ME giuegoue, gugaw, redupl. < ?] something showy but useless and of little value; trinket adj. showy but useless …   English World dictionary

  • gewgaw — 1. noun /ˈɡjuːɡɔː/ A showy trifle, a toy; a showy ornament or decoration. It was a Saxon ornament. . . . Some Puritan, before his departure, may have thought himself doing God service by filching the old golden gewgaw. 2. adjective /ˈɡjuːɡɔː/ …   Wiktionary

  • gewgaw — also geegaw noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1529 a showy trifle ; bauble, trinket …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gewgaw — gewgawed, adj. /gyooh gaw, gooh /, n. something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble. Also, geegaw. [1175 1225; ME giuegaue; gradational compound of uncert. orig.; perh. akin to MF, F gogo (see GOGO)] * * * …   Universalium

  • gewgaw — Synonyms and related words: a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, agate, bagatelle, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, bean, bibelot, bijou, bit, blocks, brass farthing, bric a brac, button, cent, checkerboard, chessboard,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gewgaw — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. trinket, knickknack, bauble. See ornament. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A small showy article: bauble, bibelot, gim crack, knickknack, novelty, toy, trifle, trinket, whatnot. See THING …   English dictionary for students

  • gewgaw — gew|gaw [ gju,gɔ ] noun count INFORMAL a GEEGAW …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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