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  • n. Plural form of kickshaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.
  • n. A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.


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  • Such dinners they may pronounce as mere flummery and "kickshaws," but the partakers of them will not often endorse their opinion, nor desire to return to the antique fashions of 1773.

    A Manual of Etiquette with Hints on Politeness and Good Breeding

  • Little "kickshaws" for Polly lay on the table before him, and a small fire burned in the grate, with a huge kettle thereon.

    Philosopher Jack

  • “We are well enough now,” said Mowbray, “though we have had none of their d — — d kickshaws.”

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Sweets from broceded trays and kickshaws most elaborate.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “Because when you touch an honest bit of bread you never wipe your hands, but if you take one of these fine kickshaws you turn to your napkin at once, as if you were angry to find your fingers soiled.”


  • We dare not imagine the private agonies of his Lady, deprived, perhaps forever, of acquiring additional kickshaws and gauds on investors' nickels and dimes.

    Black day in July

  • I hate your kickshaws, though I keep a French cook for those who are not of my way of thinking.

    The Great Hoggarty Diamond

  • Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.

    The second part of King Henry the Fourth

  • At dinner, the lady maintained the same ungracious indifference, never speaking but in whispers to her aunt; and as to the repast, it was made up of a parcel of kickshaws, contrived by a French cook, without one substantial article adapted to the satisfaction of an English appetite.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • She lives in Leeson park with a grief and kickshaws, a lady of letters.



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