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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The pub crawl can get a little exhausting, and the reader can get bloated on the relentless whimsy. New York Times, "Sloshed, Hammered, Blotto — We’ve Been Doing It for Ages," 30 May 2018 Ever since taking the helm of the Italian label in 2015, Michele has brought a new spirit into the house, one that is always heavy on extravagant whimsy and kitsch—the entire vibe of Met night, basically. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Alessandro Michele Brought His Gucci Gang to the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Capitalizing on such whimsy, the game tells an earnest tale about resilience in the face of neglect. Christopher Byrd, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Forgotton Anne’ is an incredibly beautiful adventure," 16 May 2018 The Instant Pot Pioneer Woman comes in two different floral designs that add the perfect pop of whimsy and color to any kitchen. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "This Adorable Instant Pot Is On Sale At Walmart Right Now," 28 Apr. 2019 Pierrot collars, in contrast, seemed to speak of childhood whimsy and innocence, as did the nonsense words ice, lolly, and sucker that appeared throughout. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 Off-the-shoulder sleeves and flowers dotted below the chest added an extra dose of whimsy. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Wore a Pastel Gown to the Time 100 Event," 24 Apr. 2019 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

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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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