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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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whimsy

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

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

whimsey [hwɪmzi] nfantaisie f
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whimsy

n
(= caprice, fancy)Spleen m, → Grille f (dated)
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References in classic literature ?
When Cocky, balanced on one leg, the other leg in the air as the foot of it held the scruff of Michael's neck, leaned to Michael's ear and wheedled, Michael could only lay down silkily the bristly hair-waves of his neck, and with silly half-idiotic eyes of bliss agree to whatever was Cocky's will or whimsey so delivered.
No doubt there was some quarrel, some whimsey on the part of William, who, though a good fellow, was a little exacting sometimes--something that a woman could put right.
The team from Penrith's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) remain at the top of the Inter Schools Challenge, picking up three points this time, when Breanne Kelso from Penrith rode her promising young horse Whimseys Wiloli into third place in the 80cm Optimum Time class.