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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Kickshaw \Kick"shaw`\, n. See Kickshaws, the correct singular.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 16c., "a fancy dish in cookery" (especially a non-native one), from English pronunciation of French quelque chose "a something, a little something."


n. 1 A dainty or delicacy. 2 A trinket or gewgaw.


n. something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, delicacy, goody, treat]

Usage examples of "kickshaw".

It was chockablock with salons and saloons, hippodromes and nickel pitches, emporia, divertissements, hijinks, kickshaws, bagatelles, burlesque, and buffoonery.

To roast beef and Turkey towels, and after kickshaws and table napkins, one knows how to appreciate such things.

She lives in Leeson park with a grief and kickshaws, a lady of letters.

James drank steadily and chewed kickshaws offered by a succession of lords on bended knee.

No cakes, no pastry kickshaws, and only wheaten bread enough for absolute necessity.

There were no kickshaws, by which term Mr Templecombe scornfully described fondues and trifles and jellies, opining sagely that Philip had no greater liking for them than he had himself.

Bartlett, who was suspected of Commie sympathies, said darkly that was the gentry all over, kickshaws all the time, and nourishing food only fit for the working classes.

He drew their attention to the pastries and jellies and creams, saying that they must thank his daughter-in-law, for they did not usually eat such kickshaws and he had not thought to provide for the tastes of young ladies.

You need oysters and some of those spicy kickshaws to raise the heat of your blood.

Alan was almost reeling with the bounty they had been offered-he had not seen a dinner like that in a year: spicy soup, fresh green salads, beef, chicken, pork, two kinds of fish, rabbit, veal, geese, hot bread, native yams, local kickshaws and made dishes for removes, corn, potatoes, beans and peas, a wine with each course, lovely fresh cheese, and extra-fine biscuits and nuts.

French kickshaws, and having no mother to see that he takes a dose of soda and nitre now and then to keep his system cool.

Well, Friday comes, and there he is, for twenty-four hours by the clock, obliged to keep up, as best he may, on fish and vegetables and suchlike kickshaws, when every fibre of his frame is crying out for meat, red meat.

He often visits the great fairs where he buys ribands and teazles and other such kickshaws.