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whim

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noun \ˈhwim, ˈwim\

Simple Definition of whim

  • : a sudden wish, desire, decision, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whim

  1. 1 :  a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind :  fancy <quit his job on a whim>

  2. 2 :  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 in a sentence

  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



WHIM Defined for Kids

whim

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noun \ˈhwim, ˈwim\

Definition of whim for Students

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





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