cheapjack

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cheap +‎ Jack.

Noun[edit]

cheapjack (plural cheapjacks)

  1. A peddler, a travelling hawker.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 6
      "Why," rejoined Mrs. Cadwallader, with a sharper note, "you don't mean to say that you would like him to turn public man in that way—making a sort of political Cheap Jack of himself?"
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 43:
      My mother and father was standing against the railings by the market, looking over at the fire-swallower and the cheap-jack and the Salvation Army down below; and the German Band was playing round the corner of the Commercial Arcade.

Adjective[edit]

cheapjack (comparative more cheapjack, superlative most cheapjack)

  1. shabby
    • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books (1988), page 276
      It was a drab, cheapjack little area, unambiguously removed from the public, and yet I had come to love it in a way I never could the rest of the monstruous edifice.