- 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
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Examples from the Web for whimsey
- a capricious idea or notion
- light or fanciful humour
- something quaint or unusual
- quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way
C17: from whim; compare flimsy
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Word Origin and History for whimsey
c.1600, probably related to whimwham.
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