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

  • n. Slang A petty braggart who pretends to be rich and important.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cheap, inferior; pretentious
  • n. A contemptible or pretentious person, especially one who gambles for low stakes

Etymologies

From the horn-shaped metal can used by chuck-a-luck operators for shaking the dice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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