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whim-wham

[hwim-hwam, wim-wam] /ˈʰwɪmˌʰwæm, ˈwɪmˌwæm/
noun
1.
any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack.
2.
whim-whams, Informal. nervousness; jitters:
He had the whim-whams after the accident.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; gradational compound; cf. flimflam, jimjams, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for whimwham

whim-wham

noun
1.
(archaic) something fanciful; a trifle
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin; compare flimflam
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Word Origin and History for whimwham
n.

"whimsical device, trifle," 1520s, of unknown origin; perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Old Norse hvima "to let the eyes wander," Norwegian kvima "to flutter"), or else an arbitrary native formation (cf. flim-flam).

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