[ hwim-zee, wim- ]
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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.

  1. 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
  • Also whim·sey .

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/ (ˈwɪmzɪ) /

nounplural -sies or -seys
  1. a capricious idea or notion

  2. light or fanciful humour

  1. something quaint or unusual

adjective-sier or -siest
  1. quaint, comical, or unusual, often in a tasteless way

Origin of whimsy

C17: from whim; compare flimsy

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