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synonyms for gewgaw

  • bauble
  • trifle
  • trinket
  • bagatelle
  • bibelot
  • gaud
  • gimcrack
  • item
  • knickknack
  • memento
  • souvenir
  • toy
  • whatnot
  • conversation piece
  • curio
  • curiosity
  • objet d'art
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What is another word for gewgaw?

A gewgaw is a useless trinket—a bauble or trifle. More common words that mean the same thing are knickknack and tchotchke. Another similar term is gimcrack. The word bric-a-brac can be used to refer to such items collectively.

Gewgaws are usually decorations or ornaments—they typically don’t serve a function other than being something nice to look at. In other words, their purpose is to be displayed (such as on desks, bookshelves, or mantels).

Gewgaw and its close synonyms all often imply an object that’s relatively small, inexpensive, and often tacky or gaudy. However, any of these terms might be used to refer to an object regardless of how expensive it was simply to suggest that it’s a mostly useless trinket. Still, some people might use such terms affectionately.

Some other terms that refer to small objects displayed for their aesthetic value are generally more positive than gewgaw and its close synonyms. Terms such as curio, curiosity, bibelot, and objet d’art (art object) often imply a sense of tastefulness, artfulness, or quality.

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How to use gewgaw in a sentence

Here again the gewgaw of royal parade was intended to entrap the admiration of the ignorant.
SECRET HISTORY OF THE COURT OF ENGLAND, FROM THE ACCESSION OF GEORGE THE THIRD TO THE DEATH OF GEORGE THE FOURTH, VOLUME I (OF 2)LADY ANNE HAMILTON
Compare it for a moment with the gewgaw skimble-skamble diplomatic sensationalism with which we have been presented since.
THE CONTEMPORARY REVIEW, VOLUME 36, NOVEMBER 1879VARIOUS
Some of them have been won by a mess of pottage, a mere bauble or a gewgaw.
PRISONS AND PRAYER: OR A LABOR OF LOVEELIZABETH RYDER WHEATON
Patient investigation reveals a lacquered toilet-box with a mirror under the lid, a cheap and nasty gewgaw.
'NEATH VERDUN, AUGUST-OCTOBER, 1914MAURICE GENEVOIX
She wondered what Madame Beattie thought she could get out of giving up the adored gewgaw into other hands.
THE PRISONERALICE BROWN
What may that gaudy gewgaw lady be, that throws such scornful looks upon our galleries?
A SELECT COLLECTION OF OLD ENGLISH PLAYSROBERT DODSLEY
The crown of my fathers has shrunk into a gewgaw and a toy,—their ambition and their spirit are undecayed!
ZANONIEDWARD BULWER LYTTON
And all of them with some gewgaw to be blessed in the Virgin's bowl.
A LITTLE PILGRIMAGE IN ITALYOLAVE M. (OLAVE MURIEL) POTTER
It thus immediately took its place as a new gewgaw of the rich; that it had any other purpose to serve had occurred to few people.
THE AGE OF BIG BUSINESSBURTON J. HENDRICK
Any little absurd gewgaw or gimcrack they had they disposed in such a way as to make it attract attention most readily.
THE INNOCENTS ABROADMARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENS)
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WORDS RELATED TO GEWGAW

  • accessory
  • dingbat
  • doodad
  • embellishment
  • fandangle
  • floss
  • frill
  • frippery
  • furbelow
  • gewgaw
  • jazz
  • ornament
  • trimming
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