Definition of gimcrack adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gimcrack

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪmkræk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪmkræk//
 
[only before noun]
 
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badly made and of little value synonym shoddy The place had a certain gimcrack theatrical glamour. Word Origin Middle English gibecrake, of unknown origin. Originally a noun, the term denoted some kind of ‘inlaid work in wood’, later ‘a fanciful notion’ or ‘mechanical contrivance’, hence ‘a knick-knack’.
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