Part of speech: noun
Origin: Middle English, unknown
A showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless.
Examples of Gewgaw in a sentence
"Grandpa's collection of gewgaws clashes with Grandma's elegant taste."
"She bought a gewgaw whenever she went to the thrift store."
Popularity Over Time
Here's another word with unknown origins. While we know that gewgaw was first used in earnest in the 16th century, there's no information on how this word developed in the first place.
Did you Know?
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