Definition of whim
1 : a capricious or eccentric and often sudden idea or turn of the mind : fancy quit his job on a whim
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
It's hard to predict voters' whims.
on a whim, we stopped at the roadside stand to get ice cream
Recent Examples of whim from the Web
On a whim: That is how a 33-year-and-counting tradition began for Dan and Jeanne Prueher of Stoughton in 1983.
That is where the regularity of Red Hog’s chalkboard menu ends; however, the remaining items changing based upon the chef’s whim.
Having to depend on Congress would make the agency be more beholden to the whims of lawmakers. *
And there may come another check on corporate whims: The outrage of half the workforce.
Their politicians are more easily and more cheaply purchased and their politics are more vulnerable to the whims of weaponized yahooism.
Leyden senior Jalen Moore picked up the long jump event on a whim.
Though Magnus clearly labeled the bears on the Carta Marina as ursi albi, artisans who finished copies of the map colored them according to their own whims, sometimes in the more familiar brown of European bears.
Nancy Lee Carlson, a real estate attorney from Inverness, Ill., snatched it up on a whim.
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Origin and Etymology of whim
short for whim-wham
First Known Use: 1686See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of whim
WHIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of whim for English Language Learners
: a sudden wish, desire, decision, etc.
WHIM Defined for Kids
Definition of whim for Students
: a sudden wish or desire : a sudden change of mind
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