gimcrack

  • 1 Gimcrack — (1760 ?) was is an English thoroughbred racehorse sired by Cripple, a son of the Godolphin Arabian.Gimcrack is best known from the paintings by George Stubbs. A small horse at 14.2 hands, Gimcrack was nonetheless widely successful, winning 27 of… …

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  • 2 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 gimcrack — index poor (inferior in quality) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 gimcrack — 1610s, showy person; sense of trifle first recorded 1839; of uncertain origin, perhaps alteration of gibecrake, a kind of ornament on wooden furniture (mid 14c.), perhaps from O.Fr. giber to rattle, shake + M.E. crak sharp noise, crack. In 18c.… …

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  • 5 gimcrack — [n] gewgaw bagatelle, bauble, curio, doodad*, knickknack, novelty, souvenir, trinket; concept 446 …

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  • 6 gimcrack — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showy but flimsy or poorly made. ► NOUN ▪ a cheap and showy ornament. DERIVATIVES gimcrackery noun. ORIGIN of unknown origin …

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  • 7 gimcrack — [jim′krak΄] adj. [altered < ME gibbecrak, an ornament, prob. < gibben, to be erratic (< OFr giber) + crak, a bursting sound] showy but cheap and useless n. a cheap, showy, useless thing …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 gimcrack — gim|crack [ dʒım,kræk ] adjective MAINLY BRITISH gimcrack objects appear attractive and expensive, but are in fact badly made and of little value …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 9 gimcrack — adjective they lived in gimcrack villas you d be afraid to sneeze in Syn: shoddy, jerry built, flimsy, insubstantial, thrown together, makeshift; inferior, poor quality, second rate, cheap, cheapjack; tawdry, kitsch, kitschy, chintzy, trashy,… …

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  • 10 gimcrack — UK [ˈdʒɪmˌkræk] / US adjective gimcrack objects appear attractive and expensive, but are in fact badly made and of little value …

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  • 11 gimcrack — I. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1676 a showy object of little use or value ; gewgaw • gimcrackery noun II. adjective Date: 1715 cheap, shoddy …

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  • 12 gimcrack — /jim krak /, n. 1. a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw. adj. 2. showy but useless. [1325 75 for earlier sense; ME gib(e)crake; cf. ME gibben to waver ( < OF giber to shake)] Syn. 1. bauble, knickknack, trinket, ornament. * * * …

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  • 13 gimcrack — 1. adjective Showy but of poor quality; worthless. 2. noun Something showy but worthless; a gimmick or bauble …

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

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 gimcrack — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. trifle, bauble, knick knack; see trinket . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. knickknack, bauble, gew gaw, trinket, doodad, novelty, whatnot, bagatelle. III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A small showy article: bauble, bibelot,… …

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  • 16 gimcrack — gim·crack || dʒɪmkræk n. worthless object adj. worthless, without value …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 gimcrack — [ dʒɪmkrak] adjective showy but flimsy or poorly made. noun a cheap and showy ornament. Derivatives gimcrackery noun Origin ME gibecrake, of unknown origin …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 gimcrack — n. Trifle, toy, knicknack, knack, jiggumbob …

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  • 19 gimcrack — adjective (only before noun) cheap and badly made …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 gimcrack — n gewgaw, bauble, trifle, trinket. See gewgaw …

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