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gewgaw

GEW'GAW, n. A showy trifle; a pretty thing of little worth; a toy; a bauble; a splendid plaything.

A heavy gewgaw, called a crown.

GEW'GAW, a. Showy without value.




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GEW'GAW, n. A showy trifle; a pretty thing of little worth; a toy; a bauble; a splendid plaything.

A heavy gewgaw, called a crown.

GEW'GAW, a. Showy without value.


GEW'GAW, a.

Showy; without value. Law.


GEW'GAW, n. [Qu. Sax. ge-gaf, a trifle, or Fr. joujou, a plaything, or from the root of gaud, joy, jewel.]

A showy trifle; a pretty thing of little worth; a toy; a bauble; a splendid plaything. A heavy gewgaw, called a crown. Dryden.


Gew"gaw
  1. A showy trifle; a toy; a splendid plaything; a pretty but worthless bauble.

    A heavy gewgaw called a crown. Dryden.

  2. Showy; unreal; pretentious.

    Seeing his gewgaw castle shine. Tennyson.

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Gewgaw

GEW'GAW, noun A showy trifle; a pretty thing of little worth; a toy; a bauble; a splendid plaything.

A heavy gewgaw called a crown.

GEW'GAW, adjective Showy without value.

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