whim·sy noun \ˈhwim-zē, ˈwim-\
: a playful or amusing quality : a sense of humor or playfulness
plural whimsies also whimseys
: the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful <the designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy>
: a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art
Examples of WHIMSY
- The designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy.
- a bit of decorative whimsy
Origin of WHIMSY
irregular from whim-wham
First Known Use: 1605
Related to WHIMSY
- bee, caprice, crank, fancy, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, notion, vagary, vagrancy, whim (also whimsey)
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up whimsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).