whigmaleerie

[ hwig-muh-leer-ee, wig- ]
/ ˌʰwɪg məˈlɪər i, ˌwɪg- /

noun

a whim; notion.
a whimsical or fanciful ornament or contrivance; gimmick.

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Origin of whigmaleerie

1720–30; originally Scots, earlier figmalirie, perhaps with fig (see fidget, whig); for -ma-,cf. rigmarole, thingamajig

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British Dictionary definitions for whigmaleerie

whigmaleerie
/ (ˌhwɪɡməˈliːrɪ) /

noun Scot

a trinket, whimsical ornament, or trifle
a whim or caprice

Word Origin for whigmaleerie

C18: of unknown origin
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