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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
oikkuoikuttelija

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 ?
"I'll start this very afternoon to visit the Chief of the Whimsies."
You should study less, good sir, and take a little pastime, or these night whimsies will grow upon you.
"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 have a set of KP Friars figures from the Whimsies range of the early 1980s.
The real story - as far we were concerned - was the group of Wade Whimsies Carolyn was selling.
No matter where you go, whimsies overused become icons.
prayer, Lyrics for whimsies small as the lesser stitchwort, Bass notes
Today Wentworth Wooden Puzzles is the only Today, manufacturer of wooden puzzles with whimsies in the UK.
Wade is also know for its series of Whimsies collectables and for making the NatWest piggy banks.