whim-wham

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

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

    Wiktionary

  • 6 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

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

    English new terms dictionary

  • 8 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

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

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 Whim-wham — any odd or fanciful object or thing; something showy or useless …

    Dictionary of Australian slang

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

    English dialects glossary

  • 12 whim-wham —   n. trifle; knick knack …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 13 Whim-wham for a goose's bridle — fanciful, non existent object, used as an answer to an unwanted question …

    Dictionary of Australian slang

  • 14 whim-wham for a goose's bridle — Australian Slang fanciful, non existent object, used as an answer to an unwanted question …

    English dialects glossary

  • 15 whim — [wım] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: whim wham decorative object, whim (16 19 centuries), of unknown origin] a sudden feeling that you would like to do or have something, especially when there is no important or good reason on a whim ▪ I didn t… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 whim — [hwim, wim] n. [short for WHIM WHAM] 1. a sudden fancy; idle and passing notion; capricious idea or desire 2. a kind of winch or capstan powered by a horse or steam, formerly used in mines to raise ore or water SYN. CAPRICE …

    English World dictionary

  • 17 whim — /hwim, wim/, n. 1. an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk. 2. capricious humor: to be swayed by whim. [1635 45; short for WHIM WHAM] Syn. 1. whimsy, vagary, caprice. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18 whim — noun Etymology: short for whim wham Date: 1686 1. a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind ; fancy < quit his job on a whim > 2. a large capstan that is made with one or more radiating arms to which a horse may be yoked …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 whim — [[t](h)wɪm, wɪm[/t]] n. 1) a capricious notion; fancy: a party thrown on a whim[/ex] 2) capricious humor • Etymology: 1635–45; short for ME whim wham, gradational compound …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 whim — /wɪm / (say wim) noun 1. an odd or fanciful notion; a freakish or capricious fancy or desire. 2. capricious humour: to be swayed by whim. 3. Mining a large capstan or vertical drum turned by horsepower for raising coal, water, etc., from a mine.… …

    Australian English dictionary


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