Definitions

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

  • noun A fancy food; a delicacy.
  • noun A trinket; a gewgaw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something fantastical or uncommon; something trifling, not otherwise named or described, or that has no particular name.
  • noun A light, unsubstantial dish, or kind of food.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See kickshaws, the correct singular.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dainty or delicacy
  • noun A trinket or gewgaw

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

  • noun something considered choice to eat

Etymologies

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

[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 chose.]

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Examples

  • Pitt would do anything to keep what he called the “French kickshaw” away.

    THE DIAMOND

  • Pitt would do anything to keep what he called the “French kickshaw” away.

    THE DIAMOND

  • Pitt would do anything to keep what he called the “French kickshaw” away.

    THE DIAMOND

  • 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.

    Charles Dickens and Music

  • Andover, knowing her, imagined that she had been refused some kickshaw, and thought no more about it.

    The Black Moth: A Romance of the XVIII Century

  • 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.

    Charles Dickens and Music

  • 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.

    Secret of the Woods

  • 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.

    Persecutions Endured

  • O the little tiny kickshaw that Mither sent tae me ...

    The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10

  • The little tiny kickshaw that Mither sent tae me ....

    The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10

Comments

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  • A fancy dish in cookery; chiefly with contemptuous force: a fancified French 'something', not one of those good old English dishes. (From WordCraft)

    May 20, 2008

  • Finally a rhyme for rickshaw.

    May 21, 2008

  • Didn't know you were searching, yarb. I could have introduced you to my friend Mick Shaw!

    May 21, 2008

  • Now you can finally finish that poem you've been working on.

    May 21, 2008

  • There was a young man named Mick Shaw

    who desired a succulent kickshaw.

    He ran to the shop

    with a skip and a hop

    but was slain by a rampaging rickshaw.

    May 21, 2008

  • And there it is. A thing of beauty.

    May 21, 2008

  • Excellent, yarb!

    May 21, 2008

  • pshaw also rhymes...

    May 22, 2008

  • Thank you, I'm here all night.

    dontcry, well yes, but I'm thinking of true or "feminine" rhymes here - since "rickshaw" has stress on the first syllable, rhymes ought to rhyme on both syllables, not just the second. Otherwise I could have pshaw, as you say, but also spore, war, and featherstonehaugh.

    May 22, 2008

  • "Here in Hopperville, it’s all about somewhere else really, stretching back to bards and shamans, and closing with a sequence that features us waving there behind the county bake-off. So, who’ll vouch for this among the kickshaws? the candidates wonder, two-stepping out onto the Indian burial mound. It’s where I mainly grew up, they add, tracing out the contours of local space with a bit of it on their fronts. So we’ve been looking, good hygiene permitting, for some time now."

    John Gallaher, A Guidebook to Patch-of-Ground People

    October 23, 2009