knickknack

knickknack
knickknacked, adj.knickknacky, adj.
/nik"nak'/, n.
an ornamental trinket or gimcrack; a bit of bric-a-brac.
Also, nicknack.
[1610-20; gradational compound based on KNACK in obs. sense "toy"]

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