whim

[ hwim, wim ]
/ ʰwɪm, wɪm /

noun

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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whim

/ (wɪm) /

noun

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 for whim

C17: from whim-wham
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