gew|gaw «GYOO g», noun, adjective.
a showy trifle; gaudy, useless ornament or toy; bauble: »

The shops are filled with gewgaws for the dressing table, like fancy boxes, trays, and pincushions.

showy but trifling: »

Seeing his gewgaw castle shine New as his title (Tennyson).

Also, gee-gaw.
[Middle English giuegoue; origin uncertain]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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