whim·sy | \ˈhwim-zē, 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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In the second, his duties and belongings are chipped away, piece by humiliating piece, by a new governor (Daniel Veronese) whose rules and instructions change with spite or whimsy or both. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Zama’ is Lucrecia Martel’s latest one-of-a-kind offering," 4 July 2018 As his voice matured, Clemens’s stories, hoaxes, and brutal sketches grew into something entirely American, encapsulating the terrible whimsy, painful irony, and outrageous hilarity of life on the mining frontier. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 Her background as the Savannah College of Art and Design’s director of creative initiatives is clearly visible in her signature tablescapes and environmental installations, which deftly mix a raucous wonderland-like whimsy with old-world refinement. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "The Best Wedding Planners in the U.S., Canada and Overseas," 17 May 2018 If this was a whimsical attempt at mass-audience accessibility, no whimsy or lightness is conveyed. Wim Wenders, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,’ a Religious Leader Speaks at Length," 17 May 2018 Derbez is hilarious in these scenes, imbuing Leonardo with both whimsy and heart. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Eugenio Derbez keeps 'Overboard' afloat," 3 May 2018 Her mix of sculpture, whimsy and clever details in silver with gemstones, rough diamonds, glass, pieces of x-rays, naturally shed antlers and ceramics make her Q2 Jewelry Collection daring and unique. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "Cleveland artist Qandle Qadir's Q2 Jewelry is sculpted whimsy: Portrait of an Artist (photos)," 22 Mar. 2018 Scruggs's day-to-day life is laced with such whimsy. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Uncle Fun, the beloved Lakeview novelty shop, gets its own documentary," 7 June 2018 In a staircase that leads to a Manhattan penthouse’s terrace, New York designers Alexandra Pappas and Tatyana Miron delivered a brooding forecast with a sprinkle of whimsy. Tim Gavan, WSJ, "Five Stairways Go From Dull to Dramatic," 13 July 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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The first known use of whimsy was in 1605

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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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