American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A decorative trinket; a bauble.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A showy trifle; a pretty thing of little worth; a toy; a bauble; a gaudy plaything or ornament.
- n. A pipe or flute.
- n. A Jew′ s-harp.
- Showy, without substantial use or worth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A showy trifle; a toy; a splendid plaything; a pretty but worthless bauble.
- adj. Showy; unreal; pretentious.
- n. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
- From earlier gugaw, gygaw, from Middle English givegove ("gewgaw, trifle"), a reduplication of Middle English give, geove ("gift"), from Old English giefu, geofu, geafu ("gift"), from Proto-Germanic *gebō (“gift”). Compare Icelandic gyligjöf ("showy gifts, gewgaw"). More at give. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English giuegaue. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For profit -- his life blood transmuted into a wine-supper, or a jewelled gewgaw, or some similar sense-orgy of the parasitic and idle rich, his masters, the arch-beasts. ”
“Yet, if they won, they would be buying both the gewgaw and a print-out of the story.”
“I had no problems w/the scent/aroma of da Quarter (aside from Bourbon St. which I generally avoid when in town - tho 'Yesteryear's always has some gewgaw I must possess).”
“Grab the first gewgaw and just do it, quick, like ripping off a Band-Aid.”
“Sadly, the book prizes are restricted to residents of the British isles, but as a compensation a further 3 correct entries from outwith these sceptered isles will receive a nifty wee promotional-type gewgaw currently to be decided upon.”
“That just seems common sense at this point: that ‘brand’ is about all the touchpoints with your customers and partners, not just your logo, and not just the latest RIA gewgaw on your homepage.”
“Mathayus plans to journey to Egypt to get a mystical weapon to help him defeat the evil Sargon, but quickly learns that he must get a different magic gewgaw, the sword of Damocles, in order to kill his foe.”
“Hunting through the yard sales, second hand shops, and antique malls for a gewgaw is delightful challenge.”
“Alas, I cannot find it in my eleemosynary nature to weep a solitary tear for this haut bourgeois pretender and his gewgaw-bearing mate.”
“Handsome settlements, and a chariot, that tempting gewgaw to the vanity of the middling class of females, were the least that she proposed to herself.”
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