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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
First recorded in 1635-45; short for whim-wham
1. whimsy, vagary, caprice. Unabridged
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  • The whim of the man, intended to be so light, was full of real feeling.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • It seemed to them that they were to suffer for a whim of Shuffles.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Marna looked about her as if seeking a chair to satisfy her whim, and, finding none, sank upon the floor before the blaze.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • He had moulded them to his will, and bent them to his whim, all his life long.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • What spirits were his, what wit and what whim, Now cracking a joke, and now breaking a limb.

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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