- 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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Related Wordsplayfulness, whim, idea, fancy, caprice, impulse, notion, vagary, thought, quality, whimsically
Examples from the Web for whimsy
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
July 2, 2012
But it had the disgraced designer's signature romance and whimsy.John Galliano Shows in Paris!
March 6, 2011
The addition of “ries” made this an even finer piece of whimsy.The Best of Brit Lit
October 7, 2010
The island is a complex arrangement of hundreds of micro-climates famous for their whimsy.Where Will the Cloud Go?
April 17, 2010
And saturated hair is a sign of renewed adventurousness and whimsy.Do Fuchsias Have More Fun?
August 26, 2009
At last the whimsy of my soul is outmatched by the turn of events.Clair de Lune
He danced there like the whimsy sunbeam of a shaken water below.The Celt and Saxon, Complete
He felt all the blood in him bound out of his heart to meet her whimsy.The Tigress
"Hum," Shorty said, the light of whimsy dancing in his eyes.Smoke Bellew
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
- 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 whimsy
c.1600, probably related to whimwham.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper