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Dictionary Definition

gimcrack adj : tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy]

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  1. showy but of poor quality; worthless

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Extensive Definition

Gimcrack (1760-?) was is an English thoroughbred racehorse sired by Cripple, a son of the Godolphin Arabian.
Gimcrack is best known from the paintings by George Stubbs.
A small horse at 14.2 hands, Gimcrack was nonetheless widely successful, winning 27 of his 36 races in a turf career spanning 7 seasons.
The Gimcrack Club, in York was founded in 1766 in his honour, and the Gimcrack Stakes, also at York, are therefore also named after the horse.
His bloodline is more notable in US horse racing than in British, via his son Medley.
gimcrack in Japanese: ジムクラック

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, agate, apparatus, bagatelle, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, bean, bibelot, bit, blocks, brass farthing, bric-a-brac, button, cent, checkerboard, chessboard, club, cockhorse, contraption, contrivance, cricket bat, cue, curio, device, doll, doll carriage, farce, farthing, feather, fig, fleabite, folderol, fribble, frippery, gadget, gaud, gewgaw, gimmick, gizmo, golf club, hair, halfpenny, hand tool, hill of beans, hobbyhorse, implement, instrument, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jest, joke, kickshaw, knack, knickknack, knickknackery, marble, marionette, means, mechanical device, mig, minikin, mockery, molehill, novelty, paper doll, peppercorn, picayune, pick-up sticks, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, pinwheel, plaything, power tool, precision tool, puppet, racket, rag doll, rap, red cent, rocking horse, row of pins, rush, shit, snap, sneeshing, sou, speed tool, sport, steelie, straw, taw, teetotum, tool, top, toy, toy soldier, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence, two cents, twopence, utensil, whatnot, whim-wham
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