whimsey

[hwim-zee, wim-]

whimsy

or whim·sey

[hwim-zee, wim-]
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.

Origin of whimsy

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

Synonyms for whimsy

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Examples from the Web for whimsey

Historical Examples of whimsey

  • But if it calms you to play like this, I am ready to humour so ridiculous a whimsey.'

  • I'm all right, I'm gettin' on all right,'an' then 'e went; seemed to go ower the whimsey an' back towards th' wood.

    The White Peacock

    D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence


British Dictionary definitions for whimsey

whimsy

whimsey

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

Word Origin for whimsy

C17: from whim; compare flimsy
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Word Origin and History for whimsey

whimsy

n.

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

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