noun \ˈhwim, ˈwim\

: a sudden wish, desire, decision, etc.

Full Definition of WHIM

:  a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind :  fancy <quit his job on a whim>
:  a large capstan that is made with one or more radiating arms to which a horse may be yoked and that is used in mines for raising ore or water

Examples of WHIM

  1. It's hard to predict voters' whims.
  2. <on a whim, we stopped at the roadside stand to get ice cream>

Origin of WHIM

short for whim-wham
First Known Use: 1686

Rhymes with WHIM


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