\ ˈ(h)wim How to pronounce whim (audio) \

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

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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

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 on the Web After all, save for Wong and the sorcerers, the other Avengers can’t travel anywhere on a whim. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 May 2022 Its roots in the Constitution give the concept of stare decisis greater weight such that precedent can’t be trimmed or narrowed simply because a judge might want to on a whim. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 3 May 2022 Thankfully, the Steam version offers online multiplayer for those who can't just gather 11 friends in their house on a whim. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 For starters, Russia's gas fields won't stop pumping gas just because a pipeline is closed, because scaling down operations on a whim is too costly. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 Inside, the atmosphere is hushed and discreet, with the assurance that intuitive service attends your every whim. Claire Messud, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2022 The most lavish suites on cruise ships fuse the best cutting-edge technology with the timeless luxury of 24-hour butler service, catering to your every whim. Zachary Laks, CNN, 19 Apr. 2022 To top it off, each of the new villas comes complete with a dedicated host to cater to your every whim and provide a packing/unpacking service if required. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 Apr. 2022 For a full generation now, every whim has been available with minimal effort. Andrew Scivally, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whim

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whim

short for whim-wham

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22 May 2022

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“Whim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whim. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈhwim How to pronounce whim (audio) , ˈwim \

Kids Definition of whim

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

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