whim-wham
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1500 1. a whimsical object or device especially of ornament or dress 2. fancy, whim 3. plural jitters

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  • whim-wham — [hwim′hwam΄, wim′wam΄] n. [< ?] 1. a fanciful ornament; bauble; trinket 2. an odd notion; fancy; whim ☆ the whim whams Informal an uneasy, nervous feeling; the jitters …   English World dictionary

  • whim|wham — «HWIHM HWAM», noun. Archaic or Dialect. 1. any odd or fanciful object or thing; gimcrack; trifle. 2. a fanciful notion; an odd fancy. ╂[varied reduplication of whim] …   Useful english dictionary

  • whim-wham — /hwim hwam , wim wam /, n. 1. any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack. 2. whim whams, Informal. nervousness; jitters: He had the whim whams after the accident. [1490 1500; gradational compound; cf. FLIMFLAM, JIMJAMS, etc.] * * * …   Universalium

  • whim-wham — /ˈwɪm wæm/ (say wim wam) noun Obsolete any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack. {a reduplication with vowel variation of wham} …   Australian English dictionary

  • whim-wham — noun a) a whimsical object; a trinket b) a whim or fancy …   Wiktionary

  • whim wham — Synonyms and related words: a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, agate, bagatelle, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bauble, bean, bibelot, bit, blocks, boutade, brainstorm, brass farthing, bric a brac, button, capriccio, caprice,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • whim-wham — noun archaic 1》 a quaint and decorative object; a trinket. 2》 a whim. Origin C16: humorous reduplication …   English new terms dictionary

  • whim-wham — n. archaic 1 a toy or plaything. 2 = WHIM 1. Etymology: redupl.: orig. uncert …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whim-wham — any odd or fanciful object or thing; something showy or useless …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • whim-wham — Australian Slang any odd or fanciful object or thing; something showy or useless …   English dialects glossary

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