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Kickshaws \Kick"shaws`\, n.; pl. Kickshawses[Corrupt. fr. F. quelque chose something, fr. L. qualis of what kind (akin to E. which) + suffix -guam + causa cause, in LL., a thing. See Which, and Cause.]

  1. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.

    Art thou good at these kickshawses!

  2. A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.

    Some pigeons, . . . a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws.

    Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-maigre.