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

Definition of whimsy

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
Recent Examples on the Web Building a folly requires a sense of whimsy, something that Mr. Fraser finds lacking in the no-nonsense Victorian era and the earnest art movements of the 19th century. Witold Rybczynski, WSJ, "‘Follies’ Review: Castle Frivolous," 24 Dec. 2020 Allowing a bit of whimsy into the picture at just the right time. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "In praise of Giants beat writer Henry Schulman, master of his craft," 18 Dec. 2020 Games, however, even the most serious of them, often have an air of whimsy. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "To appreciate life in 2020, I can’t stop playing games about death," 16 Dec. 2020 My recent runway collection included embellishments and appliqués that add a sense of whimsy. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Christian Siriano Shares the Easiest Way to Look Stylish on Your Next Zoom Call," 8 Dec. 2020 Bring some whimsy into your accessories line-up with the fun and vibrant creations of Susan Alexandra. Erin Parker, Glamour, "42 Best Cyber Monday Clothing Deals to Shop in 2020," 29 Nov. 2020 These fun embellishments add whimsy to more traditional decorations such as stockings, tree skirts and toppers, garlands and more. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Festive Decorating Trends to Steal from West Elm's Holiday Lookbook," 10 Nov. 2020 Majors was a charming eccentric in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and his diligent weariness brought some low-key whimsy to Da 5 Bloods' all-about-everything excess. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Clichés terrorize the bold provocations of Lovecraft Country: Review," 13 Aug. 2020 Cosmos Gifts Ceramic Santa Heads Mugs, Set of Four ($48.43, originally $60; amazon.com) Add a dash of whimsy to your post-sledding serving of hot chocolate with these sweet earthenware mugs. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "We found the prettiest Christmas decorations for your home this winter," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of whimsy was in 1605

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Last Updated

28 Dec 2020

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“Whimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimsy. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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