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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy.
  • n. Arbitrary thought or impulse: governed by whim.
  • n. A vertical horse-powered drum used as a hoist in a mine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea
  • n. A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European widgeon.
  • n. A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
  • n. A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes; -- called also whim gin, and whimsey.
  • intransitive v. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To turn round; be seized with a whim: also with an indefinite it.
  • To turn; cause to turn; turn off or away.
  • n. 6. A pun.
  • n. An unexpected or surprising turn; a startling outcome, development, or proceeding; a prank or freak.
  • n. A sudden turn or inclination of the mind; a fancy; a caprice.
  • n. A simple machine for raising ore from mines of moderate depth.
  • n. Hence, a mine: as, Tully Whim, in the Isle of Purbeck, England.
  • n. A round table that turns round upon a screw.
  • n. The brow of a hill.
  • n. The widgeon or whewer, Mareca penelope. See whew-duck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sudden desire
  • n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

Etymologies

Short for whim-wham, fanciful object.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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