gimcrack gim"crack`, n. [OE., a spruce and pert pretender, also, a spruce girl, prob. fr. gim + crack lad, boaster.] A trivial mechanism; a device. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

2. A toy; a pretty thing; an ornamental object of no great value.

Syn: trinket, gewgaw, knickknack, tchotchke. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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