[ hwim-hwam, wim-wam ]
/ ˈʰwɪmˌʰwæm, ˈwɪmˌwæm /


any odd or fanciful object or thing; a gimcrack.
whim-whams, Informal. nervousness; jitters: He had the whim-whams after the accident.

Origin of whim-wham

1490–1500; gradational compound; cf. flimflam, jimjams, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for whimwham



archaic something fanciful; a trifle

Word Origin for whim-wham

C16: of unknown origin; compare flimflam
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Word Origin and History for whimwham



"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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