- The definition of kitsch is a form of art that is an inferior, often gaudy, imitation of a famous piece of art that is created for popular appeal.
An example of kitsch is a "Mickey Mao" t-shirt.
An example of kitsch might be these plastic famingoes.
Origin of kitschGerman gaudy trash ; from dialect, dialectal kitschen, to smear
Origin of kitschGerman Kitsch (originally used of kitschy painting ), perhaps from kitschen, to sweep or rake up street mud, or from German dialectal kitschen, to sell off cheaply.
(comparative kitscher or more kitsch, superlative kitschest or most kitsch)
- Although the forms kitscher and kitschest are attested, those formed on kitschy are more common, particularly for the comparative.
From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen (“to coat, to smear”), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930's by several critics who opposed it to avant garde art.