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whim·sy

also whim·sey  (wĭm′zē, hwĭm′-)
n. pl. whim·sies also whim·seys
1. An unusual, unexpected, or fanciful idea; a whim.
2. Quaint, fanciful, or playful humor: stories full of whimsy.

[Probably from whim-wham, fanciful object.]

whimsy

(ˈwɪmzɪ) or

whimsey

n, pl -sies or -seys
1. a capricious idea or notion
2. light or fanciful humour
3. something quaint or unusual
adj, -sier or -siest
quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way
[C17: from whim; compare flimsy]

whim•sy

or whim•sey

(ˈʰwɪm zi, ˈwɪm-)

n., pl. -sies or -seys.
1. capricious humor; playful expression: a comedy with an air of whimsy.
2. an odd or fanciful notion.
3. anything playful or fanciful, as an artistic creation.
[1595–1605; whim (-wham) + -sy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whimsy - 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"
2.whimsy - the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment; "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory"
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions

whimsy

also whimsey
noun
An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
Translations
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whimsy

[ˈwɪmzɪ] N (= whim) → capricho m, antojo m; (= whimsicality) → fantasía f

whimsy

whimsey [hwɪmzi] nfantaisie f

whimsy

n
(= caprice, fancy)Spleen m, → Grille f (dated)
References in classic literature ?
You should study less, good sir, and take a little pastime, or these night whimsies will grow upon you.
I'll start this very afternoon to visit the Chief of the Whimsies.
He was a gay, mad young dog, grandly careless of his largess, fearless as a lion's whelp, lithe and beautiful as a leopard, and mad, a trifle mad of the deviltries and whimsies that tickled in that fine brain of his.
Nor is it possible to describe how many various shapes my affrighted imagination represented things to me in, how many wild ideas were found every moment in my fancy, and what strange, unaccountable whimsies came into my thoughts by the way.
My thoughts ran all away again into the old affair; my head was quite turned with the whimsies of foreign adventures; and all the pleasant, innocent amusements of my farm, my garden, my cattle, and my family, which before entirely possessed me, were nothing to me, had no relish, and were like music to one that has no ear, or food to one that has no taste.
Q I own a set of Whimsies called The Elephant Train (set of five).
Today Wentworth Wooden Puzzles is the only Today, manufacturer of wooden puzzles with whimsies in the UK.
So, a jigsaw of a garden may feature puzzle whimsies such as tiny flowers and garden tools, while a Christmas themed example might include snow flakes, Christmas trees and presents.
The gallery was bohemian and bare-bones; Musgrave, who ran the place, was a pioneer in the 1950s--the first in London to show Yves Klein and the high-flying whimsies of Fluxus--and his eye remained adventurous.
Among the whimsies in our jigsaw you will find the dates 1952--2002, the state coach, an orb and sceptre and even a corgi.
Towards the end of the century, Victorian craftsmen took advantage of even finer jig-saw blades to start cutting recognisable puzzle shapes into jigsaws, quickly becoming known as Whimsies, because they were included on a craftsman's whim.
He has collected glassware for 15 years but his stall also includes other collectables such as children's favourite, Wade Whimsies.