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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 ?
Gladly would I give it if I could, but I only know that it was the whim of my timid Viola, and I yielded to it.
This is some passing whim of your wife, due to some cause or causes which you and I needn't try to fathom.
It is an airy and comfortable room as any one need wish, and, of course, I would not be so silly as to make him uncomfortable just for a whim.
In compliance with a whim of Clifford, as it troubled him to see them in confinement, they had been set at liberty, and now roamed at will about the garden; doing some little mischief, but hindered from escape by buildings on three sides, and the difficult peaks of a wooden fence on the other.
Twas a foolish, ignorant whim of his crazy, widowed mother, who died when he was only a twelvemonth old.
A strange, apostolic whim having seized him, he had left Neskyeuna for Nantucket, where, with that cunning peculiar to craziness, he assumed a steady, common sense exterior and offered himself as a green-hand candidate for the Jeroboam's whaling voyage.
So there was only old Dede Antanas; Jurgis would have had him rest too, but he was forced to acknowledge that this was not possible, and, besides, the old man would not hear it spoken of--it was his whim to insist that he was as lively as any boy.
If you were as much guided by nature in your estimate of men and women, and as little under the power of fancy and whim in your dealings with them, as you are where these children are concerned, we might always think alike.
An idle whim, I fear, sir,' was my answer; 'or else an idle whim is going to spirit me away.
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.
Let him put away his whim now, and he is welcome back.
It is not the least to the purpose what the reasons of this prohibition are; they may be the strongest and gravest reasons, or they may be mere whim.