What does kickshaw mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treatnoun

    something considered choice to eat


  1. kickshawnoun

    A dainty or delicacy

  2. kickshawnoun

    A trinket or gewgaw

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Kickshawnoun

    yet Milton seems to have understood it otherwise; for he writes it kickshoe, and seems to think it used in contempt of dancing.

    Etymology: This word is supposed, I think with truth, to be only a corruption of quelque chose, something;

    Shall we need the monsieurs of Paris to take our hopeful youth into their slight and prodigal custodies, and send them over back again transformed into mimicks, apes, and kickshoes? John Milton.

    Some pigeons, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    In wit, as well as war, they give us vigour;
    Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-meagre. Elijah Fenton.


  1. kickshaw

    A kickshaw is a term that generally refers to a fancy but less substantial cooked dish, often a dessert or a delicacy. It is also used to describe something showy or ornamental but essentially valueless or useless. It is derived from the French term "quelque chose" which means "something."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kickshawnoun

    see Kickshaws, the correct singular

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. kickshaw

    Applied to French cookery, or unsubstantial trifles.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kickshaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kickshaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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