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

Synonym Discussion of WHIM

caprice, whim, vagary, crotchet mean an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire. caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness <by sheer caprice she quit her job>. whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination <an odd antique that was bought on a whim>. vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire <he had been prone to strange vagaries>. crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference <a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets>.

Rhymes with WHIM

WHIMS Defined for Kids


noun \ˈhwim, ˈwim\

Definition of WHIM for Kids

:  a sudden wish or desire :  a sudden change of mind


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