whim

[hwim, wim]
noun
1.
an odd or capricious notion or desire; a sudden or freakish fancy: a sudden whim to take a midnight walk.
2.
capricious humor: to be swayed by whim.

Origin:
1635–45; short for whim-wham


1. whimsy, vagary, caprice.
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whim (wɪm)
 
n
1.  a sudden, passing, and often fanciful idea; impulsive or irrational thought
2.  a horse-drawn winch formerly used in mining to lift ore or water
 
[C17: from whim-wham]

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Word Origin & History

whim
1641, "pun or play on words," shortened from whimwham "fanciful object" (q.v.). Meaning "sudden notion, fancy, or idea" first recorded 1697, probably a shortened form of whimsy.
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Example sentences
They planted their seeds in lines that wriggled across the field, nudged here
  and there by whims of conversation.
You're more at the whims of ships that can drop you off and pick you up.
Unfortunately the boom when unattended or left to the whims of weather changes
  can be highly ineffective.
In the decade since they started, it has been an uphill struggle against tight
  budgets, political whims and local suspicion.
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