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[hwig-muh-leer-ee, wig-]
  1. a whim; notion.
  2. a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick.
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Origin of whigmaleerie

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.

    On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    John Ruskin

British Dictionary definitions for whigmaleerie


noun Scot
  1. a trinket, whimsical ornament, or trifle
  2. a whim or caprice
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin
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