See also: whimwham

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Etymology edit

Uncertain; perhaps from North Germanic (compare Old Norse hvima (to let the eyes wander), Norwegian kvima (to flutter)),[1] but in any case ultimately sound-symbolic.

Noun edit

whim-wham (plural whim-whams)

  1. (obsolete) A whimsical object; a trinket.
  2. A whim or fancy.
  3. (in the plural) A state of nervous anxiety.
    • 2009, Derryl Murphy, William Shunn, Cast a Cold Eye:
      But that wasn't what gave him the whim-whams so bad here. In the clearing, no more than ten feet away, stood a little stone cherub atop a fancy grave marker maybe three feet high.

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References edit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “whimwham”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.