One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seller of cheap inferior goods, typically a hawker at a fair or market.
- ‘The days when the farmer was the cheapjack are over.’
- ‘A cheapjack calling himself Dr Marigold took pity on this deaf and dumb child who resembled his daughter who had died.’
- ‘However, it can scarcely have always been so, unless every fairground showman, circus performer, strolling player, cheapjack and Punch and Judy man in history was gay, which seems somewhat unlikely.’
Of inferior quality.‘a cheapjack vehicle’
poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, gimcrack, brummagem, pinchbeckView synonyms
- ‘And so, you find the bizarreness of a funeral being transformed into a cheapjack political rally - and none of the participants realizing how utterly ghastly that looks to normal people.’
- ‘But the cheapjack production values and inconsistent animation constitute serious and sad disappointments.’
- ‘The director decided to take ‘the opportunity to beat his cheapjack imitators at their own game’.’
- ‘I looked forward to that, and began reading avidly, but soon the sonnets went off into a very cheapjack self parody, and I thought oh, how easy!’
- ‘It was a cheapjack company that paid writers and artists at rates ranging from poor to involuntary servitude, then printed their wares on presses that were outmoded.’
Mid 19th century: from cheap + jack.
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