adjective Etymology: whimsy Date: 1653 1. full of, actuated by, or exhibiting whims 2. a. resulting from or characterized by whim or caprice; especially lightly fanciful <
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b. subject to erratic behavior or unpredictable change • whimsicality nounwhimsically adverbwhimsicalness noun

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