also whimsey noun (plural whimsies; also whimseys) Etymology: irregular from whim-wham Date: 1605 1. whim, caprice 2. the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful <
the designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy
3. a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art

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  • whimsy — or whimsey n. pl. whimseys [hwim′zē, wim′zē] n. whimsies [prob. < WHIM WHAM] 1. an odd fancy; idle notion; whim 2. curious, quaint, or fanciful humor [poems full of whimsy] 3. something odd or whimsical, as an art o …   English World dictionary

  • Whimsy — Whim sy, n. A whimsey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whimsy — c.1600, probably related to WHIMWHAM (Cf. whimwham) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whimsy — *caprice, freak, fancy, whim, conceit, vagary, crotchet Analogous words: see those at WHIM …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • whimsy — (also whimsey) ► NOUN (pl. whimsies or whimseys) 1) playfully quaint or fanciful behaviour or humour. 2) a fanciful or odd thing. 3) a whim. ORIGIN probably from archaic whim wham trinket, whim …   English terms dictionary

  • Whimsy — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whimsy — /hwim zee, wim /, n., pl. whimsies. 1. capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression: a play with lots of whimsy. 2. an odd or fanciful notion. 3. anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or… …   Universalium

  • whimsy — whim|sy [ˈwımzi] n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: whim wham; WHIM] [U] a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that is unusual, strange, and often amusing ▪ a sense of fancy and whimsy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whimsy — [[t](h)wɪ̱mzi[/t]] also whimsey N UNCOUNT Whimsy is behaviour which is unusual, playful, and unpredictable, rather than having any serious reason or purpose behind it …   English dictionary

  • whimsy — noun 1 (U) a way of thinking or behaving that is unusual, strange, and often amusing 2 (C) a strange idea or desire that does not seem to have any sensible purpose: This room, by some architectural whimsy, completely unbalanced the house …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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