also used in plural, WHERRY-GO-NIMBLES
looseness of the bowels; diarrhoea ...1699 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
from wherry, a variant of whirry (n. a rapid or sudden movement) (vb. to move or go rapidly, to hurry)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1699 - The wherry-go-nimble, diarrhea, perfluvium
From: A Dictionary English-Latin and Latin-English
- Elisha Coles
"...But lo ! the wherry-go-nimbles, which had so unreasonably attacked the Royal stomach, (for even Kings are subject to these unkingly complaints), gave his Majesty full employment at the Phoenix Park, and the Duke of Leinster arrived at the Curragh with this direful intelligence..."
From: Creevey's Life and Times: A Further Selection from the Correspondence of Thomas Creevey; Born 1768 - Died 1838
From excerpt dated 1821
Edited by John Gore, 1934