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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