Whimsey
Whimsey Whim"sey, Whimsy Whimsy, n.; pl. {Whimseys}or {Whimsies}. [See {Whim}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A whim; a freak; a capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit. ``The whimsies of poets and painters.'' --Ray. [1913 Webster]

Men's folly, whimsies, and inconstancy. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Mistaking the whimseys of a feverish brain for the calm revelation of truth. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mining) A whim. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whimsey — Whim sey, v. t. To fill with whimseys, or whims; to make fantastic; to craze. [R.] [1913 Webster] To have a man s brain whimsied with his wealth. J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whimsey — Whim Whim, n. [Cf. Icel. hwima to wander with the eyes, vim giddiness, Norw. kvima to whisk or flutter about, to trifle, Dan. vimse to skip, whisk, jump from one thing to another, dial. Sw. hvimsa to be unsteady, dizzy, W. chwimio to move briskly …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whimsey — noun 1. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory • Syn: ↑flightiness, ↑arbitrariness, ↑whimsicality, ↑whimsy, ↑capriciousness •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whimsey — noun see whimsy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whimsey — /hwim zee, wim /, n., pl. whimseys. whimsy. * * * …   Universalium

  • whimsey — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun See whimsy …   English dictionary for students

  • whimsey — see whimsy …   English dictionary

  • whimsey — n. Caprice, whim …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • whimsey — /ˈwɪmzi/ (say wimzee) noun (plural whimseys) → whimsy …   Australian English dictionary

  • whimsey glass — ▪ glass also called  Frigger,         glass with no utilitarian purpose, executed to satisfy the whim of the glassmaker. Such offhand exercises in skill are almost as old as glassmaking itself. Some of the earliest pieces blown for fun are boots… …   Universalium

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