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[hwim, wim] /ʰwɪm, wɪm/
an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy:
a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.
capricious humor:
to be swayed by whim.
Origin of whim
1635-45; short for whim-wham
1. whimsy, vagary, caprice. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whim
  • The difference between a brilliant idea and an utter failure is that squishiest benchmark in business: the whim of customers.
  • He should have an entourage of hangers-on jumping at his every whim.
  • Creatures like jellyfish lack their own way to get around and are mostly left to the whim of the wind and currents.
  • It's quick and easy to take your picture in a booth on a whim.
  • Most prosecutors can still be fired on a political whim.
  • Pique and whim should not be the governing principles of campus life.
  • It wasn't a grand, official announcement, but it was clear it's more than a passing whim.
  • For he now became subject to the will, interest and whim of another human being.
  • Salaries aren't decided on the whim of department chairs.
  • Selection of afternoon tea food is entirely a matter of whim, and new food-fads sweep through communities.
British Dictionary definitions for whim


a sudden, passing, and often fanciful idea; impulsive or irrational thought
a horse-drawn winch formerly used in mining to lift ore or water
Word Origin
C17: from whim-wham
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Word Origin and History for whim

1640s, "pun or play on words," shortened from whimwham "fanciful object" (q.v.). Meaning "sudden notion, fancy, or idea" first recorded 1690s, probably a shortened form of whimsy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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