Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Trifling; nearly valueless.
  • adjective Ludicrous; nonsensical.

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  • adjective foolish, silly
  • adjective trifling

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  • adjective ludicrous, foolish

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of decalcomania.]

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From French; derived from décalcomanie, a word used to describing the popular use of children's rub-on tattoos or other transfer decals. Sometimes erroneously claimed to derive from Yiddish

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