whimsy

noun whim·sy \ ˈhwim-zē , ˈwim- \
variants: or less commonly whimsey
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of whimsy

plural whimsies also whimseys
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

Examples of whimsy in a Sentence

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

  2. a bit of decorative whimsy

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Origin and Etymology of whimsy

irregular from whim-wham


WHIMSY Defined for English Language Learners

whimsy

noun

Definition of whimsy for English Language Learners

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



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