One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A quaint and decorative object; a trinket.
- 1.1 A whim.‘the follies and whim-whams of the metropolis’impulse, urge, notion, fancy, whimsy, foible, idea, caprice, conceit, vagary, kink, megrim, crotchet, craze, fad, passion, inclination, bentView synonyms
- 1.1 A whim.
Early 16th century: fanciful reduplication.
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