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.

Nearby words

  1. whimper,
  2. whimsey,
  3. whimsical,
  4. whimsicality,
  5. whimsically,
  6. whimwham,
  7. whin,
  8. whinchat,
  9. whine,
  10. whiney

Origin of whimsy

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

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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

whimsy

n.

c.1600, probably related to whimwham.

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