whimsy

or whim·sey

[hwim-zee, wim-]

noun, plural whim·sies.

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

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

Synonyms for whimsy

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Examples from the Web for whimsy

Contemporary Examples of whimsy

Historical Examples of whimsy

  • At last the whimsy of my soul is outmatched by the turn of events.

    Clair de Lune

    Michael Strange

  • He danced there like the whimsy sunbeam of a shaken water below.

  • He felt all the blood in him bound out of his heart to meet her whimsy.

    The Tigress

    Anne Warner

  • "Hum," Shorty said, the light of whimsy dancing in his eyes.

    Smoke Bellew

    Jack London

  • The big city was no longer an old familiar mother, whose every mood and whimsy he sensed unerringly; now he was a stranger.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson


British Dictionary definitions for whimsy

whimsy

whimsey

noun plural -sies or -seys

a capricious idea or notion
light or fanciful humour
something quaint or unusual

adjective -sier or -siest

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 whimsy
n.

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper