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
Origin and Etymology of whim
short for whim-wham
First Known Use: 1686
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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