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  • noun obsolete A whimsical object; a trinket.
  • noun A whim or fancy.


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From reduplication of whim.


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  •    In a Bluehead regiment, he would probably just have had to scrub the oxidation off with his whim-wham, but the Greenheads are very detail-oriented and traditional.

    Ain't Comin' Back 2010

  • "Rabbit Test", recently published at Fantastic Metropolis, is another story in the mode of autobiographical fabulism, and though its metaphysical whim-wham is less mind-bending than in some of Ford's other stories, nevertheless it is a strange and affecting tale, one which could easily have been published in a mainstream literary magazine indeed, I often wonder why The New Yorker hasn't snapped Ford up, as he'd be a perfect fit for their pages.

    Archive 2004-05-01 2004

  • Under an aristocracy, for example, such as prevailed, in one form or another, in England, Germany, Italy and France before the war, it is possible to give doctrinaires a relatively free rein, for even if they succeed in converting the mob to their whim-wham, there remain insuperable impediments to its adoption and execution as law.

    The American Credo A Contribution Toward the Interpretation of the National Mind George Jean Nathan 1920

  • So much for the commencement of this long whim-wham.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne 1834

  • "In our family whim-wham is a code, a defanged reference to any number of moods and psychological disorders, be they depressive, manic, or schizoaffective," writes poet David Lovelace in this visceral memoir. Site Feed 2008

  • In one of the best of these stories, "Bright Morning", collected in The Fantasy Writer's Assistant, the narrator describes his novels as "fantasy/adventure stories with a modicum of metaphysical whim-wham that some find to be insightful and others have termed 'overcooked navel gazing'", a description that could even more easily apply to this particular strand of Ford's short fiction, though "overcooked" is not a term I would think of for these stories, and if there is navel-gazing, it's a superficial element necessary to the overall effect.

    Archive 2004-05-01 2004

  • "So," the Texan said, nodding, "you’ve been swallowin’ down a whim-wham or two your ownself?"

    Rebel Spurs Andre Norton 1958

  • I was saying break out directly with a rash desire to spend more money upon a whim-wham to wind up the sun. "

    The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias George Manville Fenn 1870

  • He has gone to buy screws, or something, to make a whim-wham to wind up the sun. "

    The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias George Manville Fenn 1870


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  • Good rhyme for Tim-Tam. Australians all let us rejoice.

    January 31, 2018