whigmaleerie

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

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

Nearby words

  1. whig party,
  2. whiggery,
  3. whiggish,
  4. whiggishly,
  5. whiggism,
  6. whigmaleery,
  7. while,
  8. while away,
  9. while back,
  10. while there's life there's hope

Origin of whigmaleerie

1720–30; orig. 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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