from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An odd or fanciful idea; a whim.
- n. A quaint or fanciful quality: stories full of whimsy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quaint and fanciful idea. A whim. Playfully odd behaviour.
- n. An impulsive, illogical or capricious character.
- n. A whim.
- v. To fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A whimsey.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whim; a freak; a capricious notion.
- n. Same as whim, 3; also, a small warehousecrane for lifting goods to the upper stories.
- n. See the quotation.
- Full of whims or fancies; whimsical; changeable.
- To fill with whimsies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
- n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
It is the very definition of a “race to the bottom,” at what I call a whimsy economy.
But whimsy is not exactly a postmodern mode, and in Chronic City it betrays a certain aesthetic timidity.
In my own work, I'm not satisfied unless the whimsy is balanced with horror and vice versa.
My sense of whimsy is too powerful to write dark novels book after book.
Far too many of the stories are throw-aways (the second half of "Far Out," for example, consists of a series of overly cute exercises in whimsy that are, frankly, not worth the bother), and the order Updike has given them doesn't particularly do them credit or force us to consider him as a writer of short fiction in any new and more illuminating light.
Perhaps it will not drown me in whimsy upon a second viewing.
For Charles Gadeken, founder of QBox, the nonprofit organization that sponsors the drag races, such workshop whimsy is the next creative frontier.
However, a key element of the old show is that any sketch could end either in whimsy or just the cruel whims of fate.
(link) "Aggressive whimsy" is just the term, and it nearly put me off for good.
It’s the same reason I get squirmy when I see drunk twentysomethings loudly singing in the streets, convinced their exuberant whimsy is entertaining all within earshot — I flash back to a night in 1994 when I did the same thing, confident that passersby thought that a staggering Manhattanite howling “New York, New York” with his friends late on a Saturday night was a heeeeeelarious sight.