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Meaning of GEWGAW

Pronunciation:  'gyoogo

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  cheap showy jewelry or ornament or clothing

GEWGAW is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: bangle, bauble, fallal, gaud, novelty, trinket
 See Also: stuff, sundries, sundry, whatchamacallit, whatsis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gew"gaw\, n. [OE. gigawe, gugawe, gewgaude, prob. the
    same word as OE. givegove gewgaw, apparently a reduplicated
    form fr. AS. gifan to give; cf. also F. joujou plaything, and
    E. gaud, n. See {Give}, and cf. {Giffgaff}.]
    A showy trifle; a toy; a splendid plaything; a pretty but
    worthless bauble.
          A heavy gewgaw called a crown.           --Dryden.
  2. \Gew"gaw\, a.
    Showy; unreal; pretentious.
          Seeing his gewgaw castle shine.          --Tennyson.
Thesaurus Terms
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