American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fancy food; a delicacy.
- n. A trinket; a gewgaw.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something fantastical or uncommon; something trifling, not otherwise named or described, or that has no particular name.
- n. A light, unsubstantial dish, or kind of food.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See kickshaws, the correct singular.
- n. something considered choice to eat
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- By folk etymology from French quelque chose, something : quelque, some (quel, what from Latin quālis, of what kind; see quality + que, what, which, who from Vulgar Latin *que, from Latin quid, what; see quiddity) + chose, thing; see chose2. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pitt would do anything to keep what he called the “French kickshaw” away.”
“Andover, knowing her, imagined that she had been refused some kickshaw, and thought no more about it.”
“No kickshaw ditties, favourites with national enemies, but ... genuine George the Third home brewed, exhorting him (as 'my brave boys') to reduce to a smashed condition all other islands but this island, and all continents, peninsulas, isthmuses, promontories, and other geographical forms of land soever, besides sweeping the sea in all directions.”
“Then be generous -- show him the flash of a looking-glass, the flutter of a bright handkerchief, a tin whistle, or any other little kickshaw that the remembrance of a boy's pocket may suggest -- and the chances are that he will come back again, finding curiosity so richly rewarded.”
“I remember checking a maid because she sang some bairnly kickshaw while my mind was thus engaged; and my asperity brought about my ears the enmity of all the petticoats about the house; of which I reeked very little, but it amused Mr. Henry, who rallied me much upon our joint unpopularity.”
“O the little tiny kickshaw that Mither sent tae me ...”
“The little tiny kickshaw that Mither sent tae me ....”
“Mr. Whitelaw's notion of tea was a solid meal, which left him independent of the chances of supper, and yet open to do something in that way; in case any light kickshaw, such as liver and bacon, a boiled sheep's head, or a beef-steak pie, should present itself to his notice.”
“We aren't got enough to eat in the fo'c's'le, sir, an 'we wants our proper' lowance o 'meat, instead of a lot of rotten kickshaw marmalade!”
“Why, you swab," said Jack in a rage, "I ain't got no such kickshaw names as them -- mine's quite different altogether, so say what you like.”
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