Kick"shaws` (?), n.; pl. Kickshawses (#) [Corrupt. fr. F. quelque chose something, fr. L. qualis of what kind (akin to E. which) + suffix -quam + causa cause, in LL., a thing. See Which, and Cause.]

1.

Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.

Art thou good at these kickshawses! Shak.

2.

A fancy dish; a titbit; a delicacy.

Some pigeons, . . . a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws. Shak.

Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-maigre. Fenton.

 

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