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whim

[ wim, hwim ]
/ wɪm, ʰwɪm /
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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.
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Origin of whim

First recorded in 1635–45; short for whim-wham
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British Dictionary definitions for whim

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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