From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

gimcrack \gim"crack`\, n. [OE., a spruce and pert pretender,
   also, a spruce girl, prob. fr. gim + crack lad, boaster.]
   A trivial mechanism; a device. --Arbuthnot.
   [1913 Webster]

   2. A toy; a pretty thing; an ornamental object of no great

   Syn: trinket, gewgaw, knickknack, tchotchke.
        [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] gimcrackery
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