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[hwim-zee, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zi, ˈwɪm-/
noun, plural whimsies.
capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression:
a play with lots of whimsy.
an odd or fanciful notion.
anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or capricious fancy:
a whimsy from an otherwise thoughtful writer.
Origin of whimsy
1595-1605; whim(-wham) + -sy
2. caprice, whim, humor. Unabridged
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  • In dairy work the individual preferences of the cows are given attention and their whimsy catered to by the herdsman.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • At last the whimsy of my soul is outmatched by the turn of events.

    Clair de Lune Michael Strange
  • "Hum," Shorty said, the light of whimsy dancing in his eyes.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • He danced there like the whimsy sunbeam of a shaken water below.

  • So he lay there and said curt, impious prayers to Chance that the God of whimsy would help him to his own undoing.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
British Dictionary definitions for whimsy


noun (pl) -sies, -seys
a capricious idea or notion
light or fanciful humour
something quaint or unusual
adjective -sier, -siest
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 whimsy

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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