whim

noun \ ˈhwim , ˈwim \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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

  1. It's hard to predict voters' whims.

  2. on a whim, we stopped at the roadside stand to get ice cream

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Origin and Etymology of whim

short for whim-wham

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


WHIM Defined for English Language Learners

whim

noun

Definition of whim for English Language Learners

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


WHIM Defined for Kids

whim

noun \ ˈhwim , ˈwim \

Definition of whim for Students

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


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