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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.
Also, whimsey.
Origin of whimsy
1595-1605; whim(-wham) + -sy
2. caprice, whim, humor. Unabridged
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  • Enormous truths can be revealed with a sense of humor and whimsy.
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  • Now there's an activity that would take mere seconds, but might add a little whimsy and creativity to your life.
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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