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whim

(wĭm, hwĭm)
n.
1. A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy: "More than five hundred of these men would never see another sunset, yet a holiday atmosphere prevailed; they joked with each other as they marched, dropping out again for blackberries when the whim struck them, despite stern new orders to the contrary" (William Marvel).
2. Arbitrary thought or impulse: "I dreamed of having the golden flesh, the huge muscles of half-naked gods and goddesses who did whatever they wanted to do, ruling the universe according to their whims" (John Edgar Wideman).
3. A vertical horse-powered drum used as a hoist in a mine.
Idiom:
on a whim
Done suddenly or impulsively: "I just took a trip. Lit off at night, drove six hundred miles to see an old friend, on a whim" (Marya Hornbacher).

[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 ?
It was not strange that he should so heartlessly have betrayed his friends' confidence, nor that he hesitated not at all to gratify a whim at the cost of another's misery.
I feel myself at the mercy of the first whim in the Vanstone direction which may come into her head -- I, the architect of her fortunes.
Her orders were indeed so liberal, that, had it been a child of her own, she could not have exceeded them; but, lest the virtuous reader may condemn her for showing too great regard to a base-born infant, to which all charity is condemned by law as irreligious, we think proper to observe that she concluded the whole with saying, "Since it was her brother's whim to adopt the little brat, she supposed little master must be treated with great tenderness.
An idle whim, I fear, sir,' was my answer; 'or else an idle whim is going to spirit me away.
You are a sort of monster," I added audaciously, "a Caliban who has pondered Setebos, and who acts as you act, in idle moments, by whim and fancy.
It was not altogether a whim," she said, her eyes falling from his, "and yet - now I am here - it does not seem easy to say what was in my mind.
Why, ma'am,' he returned, 'I am thinking about Tom Gradgrind's whim;' Tom Gradgrind, for a bluff independent manner of speaking - as if somebody were always endeavouring to bribe him with immense sums to say Thomas, and he wouldn't; 'Tom Gradgrind's whim, ma'am, of bringing up the tumbling-girl.
Whether there was anything in the peculiar slyness of her action which fascinated Mr Quilp, or anything in the expression of her features at the moment which attracted his attention for some other reason; or whether it merely occurred to him as a pleasant whim to stare the small servant out of countenance; certain it is, that he planted his elbows square and firmly on the desk, and squeezing up his cheeks with his hands, looked at her fixedly.
It was getting to be more than a passing whim with Arobin to see her and be with her.
I left off opposing her favourite whim on that account, because some of the sympathy was sure, in course of time, to fall to my share.
Is she some little danseuse with the whim to be romantically rustic for a week?
Weston did not like it, was clear enough, by her passing it over as quickly as possible, and making no other comment than that "all young people would have their little whims.