from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unusual, unexpected, or fanciful idea; a whim.
  • noun Quaint, fanciful, or playful humor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fill with whimsies.
  • noun A whim; a freak; a capricious notion.
  • noun Same as whim, 3; also, a small warehousecrane for lifting goods to the upper stories.
  • noun See the quotation.
  • Full of whims or fancies; whimsical; changeable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A whimsey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A quaint and fanciful idea. A whim. Playfully odd behaviour.
  • noun An impulsive, illogical or capricious character.
  • noun mining A whim.
  • verb transitive To fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.

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

  • noun the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
  • noun an odd or fanciful or capricious idea


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

[Probably from whim-wham, fanciful object.]



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