- 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 whims
There is no middle ground in submitting our sacred rights to the whims of foreign tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
They are not locked into the whims of those more powerful, because their knowledge and abilities open doors.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
The whims of fashionistas have brought us bellbottoms and skinny jeans and everything in between.100 Years of Beauty Styles in 1 Minute
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 3, 2014
A president can do it, indulging his whims through unwritten laws and executive action.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
Except the majority ruling makes clear the interests of those women simply don't matter as much as the whims of corporations.In Hobby Lobby Ruling, a Court So Wrong in So Many Ways
June 30, 2014
It was quite evident that "my niece" was a young person of whims.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
I have ruined my life to satisfy one of your whims; surely that ought to suffice.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
It takes on the color of any composer's ideas, and submits like a slave to the whims of any virtuoso.Melomaniacs
This was decidedly interesting, since it resembled her own whims.The Gorgeous Girl
Even if you are a prince, the world cannot always run just to suit your whims.
- 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 whims
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper