whimsy

noun
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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Inside Francesco’s two-story house, whimsy and taste balance each other with aplomb. Maria Shollenbarger, ELLE Decor, "An Italian Design Firm Transforms Discreet-but-Luxe Kitchens with a Timeless Florentine Aesthetic," 18 Oct. 2018 To that end, British clowns have developed a system that sits at the exact intersection of twee whimsy and nightmarish menace that makes clowns such an enduring fixture in both children’s entertainment and horror movies. Constance Grady, Vox, "In the clowning world, you stop people from stealing your face by painting it onto an egg," 20 Aug. 2018 Striking the right balance of whimsy and class, Knightsbridge Road is perfect for ringing in 2014. Megan Inayoshi, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute," 2 Dec. 2013 On shirts and dresses, the designers created oversized cuffs that gave a whimsy to the looks. Colleen Barry, Fox News, "Milan Fashion: Arbesser embraces sustainability," 19 Sep. 2018 Floral prints exude femininity, whimsy, and a laissez-faire attitude towards dressing. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 The Palais collection is playful and full of whimsy, with bright, fun colors printed on a soft polyester base. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Rifle Paper Co. Just Launched A Dreamy New Line Of Rugs And Pillows," 29 Oct. 2018 But these small nods to whimsy, to gentleness, and to more vulnerable emotions are a vital reminder that humanity, despite all current appearances to the contrary, has evolved beyond fear-mongering, violence, and hatred of the Other. Aja Romano, Vox, "Dank no more: internet memes are evolving from edgy to cute.," 3 Oct. 2018 Françoise is a ready-to-wear and accessories collection made in Senyk’s confident, ebullient mold—practical, yet not without whimsy, and very French (hence the name), but made in Italy. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Johanna Senyk, the Ebullient Designer Behind Wanda Nylon, Is Back With a New Collection, Françoise," 24 Sep. 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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whimsy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whimsy

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

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