trinket

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Etymology[edit]

Old English trenket (a sort of knife, hence, probably, a toy knife worn as an ornament); probably from an Old French dialectic form of trenchier (to cut). Compare trench.

Noun[edit]

trinket (plural trinkets)

  1. A small showy ornament or piece of jewelry
    That little trinket around her neck must have cost a bundle.
  2. A thing of little value; a trifle; a toy.
    It's only a little trinket, but it reminds her of him.
  3. (nautical) A three-cornered sail formerly carried on a ship's foremast, probably on a lateen yard.
    • Hakluyt
      Sailing always with the sheets of mainsail and trinket warily in our hands.
  4. (obsolete) A knife; a cutting tool.
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Verb[edit]

trinket (third-person singular simple present trinkets, present participle trinketing, simple past and past participle trinketed)

  1. (obsolete) To give trinkets; to court favour.
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German[edit]

Verb[edit]

trinket

  1. Second-person plural subjunctive I of trinken.