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whimsy

or whim·sey

[hwim-zee, wim-]
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noun, plural whim·sies.
  1. capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression: a play with lots of whimsy.
  2. an odd or fanciful notion.
  3. anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or capricious fancy: a whimsy from an otherwise thoughtful writer.
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Origin of whimsy

First recorded in 1595–1605; whim(-wham) + -sy

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2. caprice, whim, humor.
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Examples from the Web for whimsy

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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

whimsy

whimsey

noun plural -sies or -seys
  1. a capricious idea or notion
  2. light or fanciful humour
  3. something quaint or unusual
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adjective -sier or -siest
  1. quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way
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Word Origin

C17: from whim; compare flimsy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for whimsy

n.

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

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