- 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
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1. whimsy, vagary, caprice.
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Examples from the Web for whim
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She was distraught and sad walking through a park on Long Island when she joined a drum circle on a whim.Drums Aren’t Just for Music: They’re Therapy, Too
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It seemed to have a vast inorganic life of its own, a volition and a whim.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It suited his whim, and it did more than that: it gave him a chance to speak to her in his teasing way.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Indeed, Van Baerle's happiness depended on the whim of this man.The Black Tulip
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The whim had seized her and was holding on tight that Emmeline's might be the Right Place.Four Girls and a Compact
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He's been satisfying every whim of curiosity that pops into his mind.The Big Tomorrow
- a sudden, passing, and often fanciful idea; impulsive or irrational thought
- a horse-drawn winch formerly used in mining to lift ore or water
C17: from whim-wham
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Word Origin and History for whim
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