whim·​sy | \ ˈhwim-zē How to pronounce whimsy (audio) , ˈwim-\
variants: or less commonly whimsey
plural whimsies also whimseys

Definition of whimsy

1 : whim, caprice
2 : the quality or state of being whimsical or fanciful the designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy
3 : a fanciful or fantastic device, object, or creation especially in writing or art

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Examples of whimsy in a Sentence

The designer's new line showed a touch of whimsy. a bit of decorative whimsy

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The whimsy continues with two cutouts that flank the triple-arched front windows; the one on the right serves as the entrance to the front porch and doorway, the one on the left leads nowhere, only echoing its twin. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Historic Tobin Hill home renovation paired wheelchair accessibility with preservation," 6 Aug. 2019 In the book, the pitch becomes an apt metaphor for Bouton’s view of himself as an eccentric fellow in a baseball society of conservative go-alongs, stubbornly following his own path and yet dependent on the whimsy of outside forces. Bruce Weber, New York Times, "Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80," 10 July 2019 The whimsy too is Agami’s and Sharon’s, as are the more aggressive scenes, particularly the desert tango in which dancers become like a mob of dangerous amphibians or giant locusts or something. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Atlas’ needs no words to astonish as the L.A. Phil wraps its centennial season," 12 June 2019 The troupe’s sui generis productions — skits, movement-rich vignettes and musical interludes, linked by retro motifs — are typically feats of comic whimsy, sometimes flecked with wistful lyricism. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’," 24 June 2019 Hopefully, GameStop will manage to bring some of ThinkGeek’s playful whimsy, too. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "ThinkGeek.com is shutting down and that’s a damn shame," 14 June 2019 This wine country hotspot forgoes pomp and circumstance for a bit of wit and whimsy, pouring hard-to-find wines alongside classics and serving thoughtful preparations of local, seasonal ingredients. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Bay Area’s best restaurants ‘where wine is celebrated’," 13 June 2019 And speaking of artistry, no fashion brand has infused creative whimsy into its designs quite like Gucci. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Thomas de Kluyver Talks Relaunch of Gucci Beauty, New Role as Global Makeup Artist," 5 May 2019 Creative whimsies can, however, be carried out elsewhere: the decor. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "9 Festive Tablescapes to Inspire Your Thanksgiving Decor," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of whimsy

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whimsy

irregular from whim-wham

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English Language Learners Definition of whimsy

: a playful or amusing quality : a sense of humor or playfulness

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