kick·shaw /ˈkɪkˌʃɔ/

1. a tidbit or delicacy, esp. one served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.
2. something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.

1590–1600; back formation from kickshaws < F quelque chose something (by folk etym.)


“Bah! Some trifle, perhaps, to symbolize the exchange. The kickshaw that you wear in your hat will suffice.”

Source: Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance.

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