Meaning of kickshaw in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɪkʃɔː/

See synonyms for kickshaw


  • 1archaic A fancy but insubstantial cooked dish, especially one of foreign origin.

    ‘Puddings, ‘kickshaws’, or ‘made dishes’, and salads of cooked, pickled, or raw vegetables, herbs, and flowers.’
    • ‘Different tasty kickshaws baked in a puff pastry.’
    • ‘Tonolo's put it in little choux buns, puff-pastry kickshaws, tiny tartlets, and God knows what else.’
    • ‘Yet I had ordered duck pie, alamode beef and soused hog's face as well, apart from the kickshaws.’
    1. 1.1North American An elegant but insubstantial trinket.
      ‘He pursues the miching-malicho lyric and the possibilities it offers, but always with an acute sense of how to true the comic impulse that vitalizes his sublime as well as kickshaw modes.’
      • ‘But Musgrave, in his sturdy, common-sense way, only laughed at her seriousness over such kickshaws.’


Late 16th century from French quelque chose ‘something’. The French spelling was common in the 17th century; the present form results from interpretation of quelque chose as plural.