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whigmaleerie

[hwig-muh-leer-ee, wig-] /ˌʰwɪg məˈlɪər i, ˌwɪg-/
noun
1.
a whim; notion.
2.
a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick.
Origin of whigmaleerie
1720-1730
1720-30; orig. Scots, earlier figmalirie, perhaps with fig (see fidget, whig); for -ma-, cf. rigmarole, thingamajig
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  • whigmaleerie, as to the derivation of which you seem to be in some perplexity, is in Norwegian Vægmaleri.

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whigmaleerie

/ˌhwɪɡməˈliːrɪ/
noun (Scot)
1.
a trinket, whimsical ornament, or trifle
2.
a whim or caprice
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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