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.
- Also whim·sey .
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How to use whimsy in a sentence
If you want to add inspiration and whimsy to the desk, the Lamicall stand is the spark of originality we could all use.The best headphone stands for audiophiles, gamers, and anyone with a desk | Irena Collaku | July 23, 2021 | Popular-Science
In what is sometimes a very serious city, the project is a way to bring creativity, whimsy and delight to the city streets and passersby of all ages.Finding these artful animals around Capitol Hill is as easy as ABC | Fritz Hahn | July 22, 2021 | Washington Post
Whether you’re hoping to decorate a cake, jazz up a salad, adorn a cocktail, or simply enjoy a snack from nature, edible flowers can add a touch of whimsy and natural beauty to your diet.
Recognizing the dignity and the whimsy and some of the history of one other human may help, if you try to imagine the same qualities in everyone.
We did beef up on a little bit of humor, a little bit of whimsy.How The Company Store is reimagining customer experiences for pandemic-era growth | Criteo | May 5, 2021 | Digiday
There was also an off-putting conflict between whimsy and realism.‘Peter Pan Live!’ Review: No Amount of Clapping Brings It to Life | Kevin Fallon | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Blasim is not the kind of post-modern absurdist who trades in forced, inconsequential whimsy.Iraq, Terror, and the Surreal: Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Corpse Exhibition’ | Brian Van Reet | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sure, focussing on wellbeing over whimsy is okay sometimes, but it can't be our only option in a market with so much scope.
Her fantastical accumulations of detritus and throwaway goods can seem to pack more whimsy than wallop.
But instead of focusing purely on the color and whimsy of blossoms, Simons looked at their structure.Raf Simons Debuts at Christian Dior With Couture Collection | Robin Givhan | July 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The whimsy creatures we are matched to contrast with, shift as the very winds or feather-grasses in the wind.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
He called our marriage and the life we were living a comedy, and used to say it was a caprice, a whimsy.The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories | Anton Tchekoff
There needs none to agitate the mind; a mere whimsy without body and without subject will rule and agitate it.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete | Michel de Montaigne
Kenny, who believed all things of Fate when the pet or victim was himself, refused absolutely to credit her crowning whimsy.Kenny | Leona Dalrymple
Lying in bed that morning, she found herself caught by her old impersonal whimsy.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes | Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for whimsy
a capricious idea or notion
light or fanciful humour
something quaint or unusual
quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way
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