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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How to use whim in a sentence
She hadn’t planned to study crested rat home life, but one why-not whim changed that.Rats with poisonous hairdos live surprisingly sociable private lives | Susan Milius | January 12, 2021 | Science News
You chose a trail little bigger than a deer path, followed its whims, thinking and thinking about what seemed important then, the boyfriend.
Finally, organizations such as the Cloud Security Alliance and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation can help find ways for the private sector to use cloud computing globally without being stymied by the whims of digital sovereignty.The balkanization of the cloud is bad for everyone | Amy Nordrum | December 17, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
She’s talked about using government to create an economy that relies less on the whims of tourism.
I, like everyone else, am subjected to the whims of leaders.
That was 2010, when Williamson was seven, less than two years after painting his first picture on a whim.
And neither he, nor his secret police squad or some lawyer from Detroit, get to change that unilaterally on a whim.
Was it really, as I suspected, ordered on a whim by some yahoo who was deeply affected by a childhood encounter with Grave Digger?
These demands can increase at whim, and worsen with the birth of a child.
She was distraught and sad walking through a park on Long Island when she joined a drum circle on a whim.
She was not a puffer, but a puffer-whim worked near by, called the Valley puffer.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
This is some passing whim of your wife, due to some cause or causes which you and I needn't try to fathom.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
In short, he may gratify his every whim and fancy, without a pang of reposing conscience, or the least jostle of his self-respect.The Pocket R.L.S. | Robert Louis Stevenson
Here, every stroke was to be recorded, each passing whim and mood registered, as in a book of fate.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
She paid no thought to the value of money, never knowing how to resist a whim.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
British Dictionary definitions for whim
a sudden, passing, and often fanciful idea; impulsive or irrational thought
a horse-drawn winch formerly used in mining to lift ore or water
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