AskDefine | Define gewgaw

Dictionary Definition

gewgaw n : cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing [syn: bangle, bauble, gaud, novelty, fallal, trinket]

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English

Etymology

Origin uncertain; perhaps related to Old French gogue ‘game’, or from English gaw.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈgju:gɔ:/ (UK)

Noun

  1. A showy trifle, a toy; a showy ornament or decoration
    “A heavy gewgaw called a crown.” —Dryden.

Adjective

gewgaw
  1. Showy; unreal; pretentious.
    Seeing his gewgaw castle shine. —Tennyson.

Synonyms, Antonyms 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, club, cockhorse, cricket bat, cue, curio, doll, doll carriage, farce, farthing, feather, fig, fleabite, folderol, fribble, frippery, gaud, gimcrack, golf club, hair, halfpenny, hill of beans, hobbyhorse, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jest, joke, kickshaw, knack, knickknack, knickknackery, marble, marionette, mig, minikin, mockery, molehill, novelty, paper doll, peppercorn, picayune, pick-up sticks, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, pinwheel, plaything, puppet, racket, rag doll, rap, red cent, rocking horse, row of pins, rush, shit, snap, sneeshing, sou, sport, steelie, straw, taw, teetotum, top, toy, toy soldier, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence, two cents, twopence, vanity, whatnot, whim-wham
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