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whim

 (wĭm, hwĭm)
n.
1. A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy.
2. Arbitrary thought or impulse: governed by whim.
3. A vertical horse-powered drum used as a hoist in a mine.

[Short for whim-wham, fanciful object.]

whim

(wɪm)
n
1. a sudden, passing, and often fanciful idea; impulsive or irrational thought
2. (Mining & Quarrying) a horse-drawn winch formerly used in mining to lift ore or water
[C17: from whim-wham]

whim

(ʰwɪm, wɪm)

n.
1. a capricious notion; fancy: a party thrown on a whim.
2. capricious humor.
[1635–45; short for Middle English whim-wham, gradational compound]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whim - a sudden desire; "he bought it on an impulse"
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
2.whim - an odd or fanciful or capricious idea; "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"; "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"; "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"

whim

noun impulse, sudden notion, caprice, fancy, sport, urge, notion, humour, freak, craze, fad (informal), quirk, conceit, vagary, whimsy, passing thought, crotchet We decided, more or less on a whim, to sail to Morocco.

whim

noun
An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
Translations
نَزْوَه
indfaldpåfund
oikku
duttlungur
įnoris
kaprīzeuntums
geçici istekkapris

whim

[wɪm] Ncapricho m, antojo m
a passing whimun capricho pasajero, un antojo
it's just a whim of herses un capricho suyo
as the whim takes mesegún se me antoja

whim

hwɪm] ncaprice m
on a whim → sur un coup de tête
at the whim of sb → sur un caprice de qn

whim

nLaune f; her every whimjede ihrer Launen; at or on whim, at or on a whimaus Jux und Tollerei (inf); as the whim takes me etcganz nach Lust und Laune

whim

[wɪm] ncapriccio
a passing whim → una passione momentanea
as the whim takes me → come mi gira

whim

(wim) noun
a sudden desire or change of mind. I am tired of that child's whims.
References in classic literature ?
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
I wonder that about this time, or say between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, too late for the morning papers and too early for the evening ones, there is not a general explosion heard up and down the street, scattering a legion of antiquated and house-bred notions and whims to the four winds for an airing-and so the evil cure itself.
Judge Driscoll was his friend, and claimed that he had a mind above the average, but that was regarded as one of the judge's whims, and it failed to modify the public opinion.
I used to think she was not capable of being fond of any body, except herself: but she has always been kind to him (in her wayallowing for little whims and caprices, and expecting every thing to be as she likes).
Such whims are only impressive as we originate them, I think; they are not to be communicated.
Wild and full of childish whims as Em'ly was, she was more of a little woman than I had supposed.
Dorian's whims are laws to everybody, except himself.
On the other hand, Moncharmin was sometimes troubled with a suspicion of Richard himself, who occasionally took fanciful whims into his head.
His first movement was to free himself by a violent push from the encircling arms of his mother, and to rush forward to the casket from whence the count had taken the phial of elixir; then, without asking permission of any one, he proceeded, in all the wilfulness of a spoiled child unaccustomed to restrain either whims or caprices, to pull the corks out of all the bottles.
Exaggeration I abhor, with whims I have nothing to do, and of quotation I am guiltless.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, DO divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims.