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whimsey

[hwim-zee, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zi, ˈwɪm-/
noun, plural whimseys.
1.

whimsy

or whimsey

[hwim-zee, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zi, ˈwɪm-/
noun, plural whimsies.
1.
capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression:
a play with lots of whimsy.
2.
an odd or fanciful notion.
3.
anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or capricious fancy:
a whimsy from an otherwise thoughtful writer.
Origin of whimsy
1595-1605
1595-1605; whim(-wham) + -sy
Synonyms
2. caprice, whim, humor.
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  • I'm all right, I'm gettin' on all right,'an' then 'e went; seemed to go ower the whimsey an' back towards th' wood.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • But if it calms you to play like this, I am ready to humour so ridiculous a whimsey.'

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
British Dictionary definitions for whimsey

whimsy

/ˈwɪmzɪ/
noun (pl) -sies, -seys
1.
a capricious idea or notion
2.
light or fanciful humour
3.
something quaint or unusual
adjective -sier, -siest
4.
quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way
Word Origin
C17: from whim; compare flimsy
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Word Origin and History for whimsey

whimsy

n.

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

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