whim·​sy | \ ˈ(h)wim-zē How to pronounce whimsy (audio) \
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

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 For a little bit of whimsy, look to one of the many cute (and affordable) tie-dye sets available on Amazon, or the electric orange cotton matching set from ASOS. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 6 Jan. 2022 Likewise for Stripe & Stare’s collaboration with LoveShackFancy—a stylish variety of sleep sets abound, all with the label’s signature touch of whimsy. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2021 Celebrate 75 years of winterland whimsy with this Cincinnati holiday staple. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 23 Dec. 2021 Group numbers with a zombielike feel, moments of near whimsy in trios or more, as well as athletic solo work — all of which added to the creepy atmosphere. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 22 Dec. 2021 These extremes of life-hacking whimsy are also illustrations of the ways in which many writers feel alienated from their tools. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 But rather than dwelling on the pain and setbacks the group faced, Khor offers hope and whimsy by focusing on the gains, like how Chinese workers developed friendships with Black and Indigenous loggers. NBC News, 29 Nov. 2021 Hothothot’s direct video-diary style is brightened with flourishes of formal whimsy, witty trawls through family photos, and an airy, plaintive score by Harry de Wit. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 Nov. 2021 Mostly, the film, written and directed by George Seaton, is an irresistible bit of Christmas whimsy made unforgettable by Edmund Gwenn’s turn as the man who might be Santa. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Whimsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimsy. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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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