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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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(ˈwɪmzɪ) or


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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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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also whimsey
An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
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[ˈwɪmzɪ] N (= whim) → capricho m, antojo m; (= whimsicality) → fantasía f
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whimsey [hwɪmzi] nfantaisie f
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(= caprice, fancy)Spleen m, → Grille f (dated)
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