Definition of Gewgaw

1. Noun. Cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing.

Exact synonyms: Bangle, Bauble, Fallal, Gaud, Novelty, Trinket
Generic synonyms: Adornment
Group relationships: Trinketry
Derivative terms: Gaudy



Definition of Gewgaw

1. n. A showy trifle; a toy; a splendid plaything; a pretty but worthless bauble.

2. a. Showy; unreal; pretentious.

Definition of Gewgaw

1. Noun. A showy trifle, a toy; a showy trinket, ornament or decoration. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Showy; unreal; pretentious. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gewgaw

1. a showy trinket [n -S] : GEWGAWED [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gewgaw

getting the knack
getting to
getting to the point
getting up
gettings
getts
getup
getups
geue
geum
geums
geversite
gew-gaw
gew-gaws
gewd
gewgaw (current term)
gewgawed
gewgaws
gewiss
gewurztraminer
gewurztraminers
geyan
geyer
geyest
geyser
geyserite
geyserites
geyserlike
geysers
gezumph

Literary usage of Gewgaw

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1. A Glossary: Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to by Robert Nares (1859)
"A toy, a gewgaw, a piece of festive finery ; from gaudeo, Latin, though Skinner is inclined to derive it from the Dutch goud, gold. ..."

2. The Critical Review, Or, Annals of Literature by Tobias George Smollett (1812)
"To suppose, that when bank notes have suffered a consi- mination, if it had not been so tricked out in the gewgaw of rhetoric and sophistry as to have ..."

3. A Dictionary for Primary Schools by Noah Webster (1838)
"... n. an animal, and his IU'e-al'i-eo, n. a bird called Baw'-ble, n. a gewgaw, trifle. Bawd, n. a procuress. Bawd, v. Í. to procure. ..."

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