Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small ornamental article; a trinket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of knick-knack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trifle or toy; a bawble; a gewgaw; a tchotchke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pleasing trifle; something more ornamental than useful; a trinket; a toy; a kickshaw; an unsubstantial dainty: a word, of very indefinite application, nearly always used in the plural.
  • n. A small trick; a deceitful practice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small inexpensive mass-produced article
  • n. miscellaneous curios

Etymologies

Reduplication of knack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • You can already buy every kind of knickknack imaginable in Galveston, and if I wanted trinkets, baubles or other tchotchkes I would probably go down to the Strand.

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  • a little tradin ', and I run acrost a new kind of knickknack, which it seemed like to me it was about the best thing I ever tasted in my whole life.

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  • I used to think 'knickknack' was French for 'small, ugly ceramic poodle. "

    Mistress of Justice

  • Each piece of furniture and knickknack had its own story.

    Sunset in the Hills

  • She picked up a gold ring from a knickknack ashtray on the bookcase.

    Shortcut Man

  • The Nazis had perpetrated the worst crimes in the history of the world and here I had this little knickknack.

    The Lampshade

  • In desperation I grabbed the engraved plaques from Toastmasters, the wooden clock my ex-husband had made, a redwood jewelry box, garage sale picture frames waiting for family photos, knickknack shelves that needed glue.

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  • A woman who had taken cover behind a glass knickknack case pointed timorously to the staircase leading up to the second floor.

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  • The Parkview Shopping Center, once a bustling hangout for high-schoolers and determined shopaholics, was all but deserted, its high-end shops long gone, now little more than a collection of dollar stores and knickknack emporiums.

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  • I walked past the magazine racks and knickknack glass counters with jewelry and fancy perfume bottles to the restaurant.

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