whim·​sy | \ ˈhwim-zē How to pronounce whimsy (audio) , ˈwim- \
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 Nigel uses wit, whimsy, and humor to depict the various roles of organelles that create balance within a cell. Science, Science Magazine, "Our favorite Science illustrations of 2019," 10 Jan. 2020 Aside from providing whimsy, delight and conversation, ice cream forks are good for eating ice cream. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Guests want to dictate menu," 9 Jan. 2020 There are moments of sheer beauty alongside whimsy, wit, and visceral power. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "Review: New dynamic percussion concerto ‘Drum Circles’ steals the show at HSO," 16 Nov. 2019 Crisp shells surround fluffy hearts that melt into mouthfuls of whimsy and light, and happen to be gluten-free friendly. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Craving: Candy — a dreamy holiday crawl through Chicago’s sweets and confections purveyors," 30 Nov. 2019 Open since June 2018, LeNell’s blends whimsy and femininity with a superior selection. Eric Velasco, al, "Meet 3 local ladies breaking barriers in the city’s alcohol industry," 18 Nov. 2019 The work is incisive and full of rightful despair, while making of whimsy a wonderfully barbed weapon. Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Don’t tell Elyse Pignolet to ‘calm down.’ How one artist answers sexism with a roar," 23 Oct. 2019 For years, Old Navy has been the motor sustaining Gap Inc., thanks to its formula of selling trendy but inexpensive versions of basics like shorts and performance fleece, presented with a touch of whimsy in lively stores. Fortune, "Old Navy Is About to Sail Away From Gap Inc.—and Into Some Choppy Waters," 24 Sep. 2019 That’s why it can be handled with a sort of whimsy in a way. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Why 'Jojo Rabbit's Taika Waititi didn't study Hitler before playing him," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Whimsy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimsy. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce whimsy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whimsy

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

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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