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

  • n. A small ornament, such as a piece of jewelry.
  • n. A trivial thing; a trifle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small showy ornament or piece of jewelry
  • n. A mere trifle
  • v. To give trinkets; to court favour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A three-cornered sail formerly carried on a ship's foremast, probably on a lateen yard.
  • n. A knife; a cutting tool.
  • n. A small ornament, as a jewel, ring, or the like.
  • n. A thing of little value; a trifle; a toy.
  • intransitive v. To give trinkets; hence, to court favor; to intrigue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deal in a small, selfish way; hold secret communication; have private intercourse; intrigue; traffic.
  • n. A knife, especially a shoemakers' knife.
  • n. A trifling ornament; a jewel for personal wear, especially one of no great value; any small fancy article; a cherished thing of slight worth.
  • n. A vessel to drink or eat out of. See the quotations.
  • n. A topsail; perhaps, originally, a lateen sail carried on the foremast.
  • n. A streamlet.

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

  • n. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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