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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
First recorded in 1595-1605; whim(-wham) + -sy
2. caprice, whim, humor. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • At last the whimsy of my soul is outmatched by the turn of events.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange
  • He danced there like the whimsy sunbeam of a shaken water below.

  • He felt all the blood in him bound out of his heart to meet her whimsy.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • "Hum," Shorty said, the light of whimsy dancing in his eyes.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • The big city was no longer an old familiar mother, whose every mood and whimsy he sensed unerringly; now he was a stranger.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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