whimsy

noun
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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Bright pops of color and patterns skillfully arranged by Japanese interior designer Elma Choung deepen a sense of whimsy that manages to complement rather than deter from the simple beauty of the Alpine backdrop. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Director Anders Walter preserves this whimsy and creates a sci-fi tale worth telling. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 28 Dec. 2017 But architect John Toya, who lives off Alamo Square, brought his personality and a sense of whimsy to his apartment, filling it with mementos from his travels and reclaimed industrial cast-offs. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 Kundig studied physics at the University of Washington before turning to architecture, and the idea of introducing movement and a spoonful of Rube Goldberg whimsy to stationary objects has always appealed to him. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 At Marc Jacobs and Celine, small nets harkened back to the age of the great couturiers, while Rodarte and Mary Katrantzou’s added a bit of fairytale whimsy to their dreamy concoctions. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top 10 Accessories Trends of Spring 2019," 16 Oct. 2018 Part of it, sure, is the whimsy of seeing a beyond-your-wildest-dreams treehouse come together. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Pete Nelson's Latest Project Proves He's The Ultimate Treehouse Master," 4 Oct. 2018 Conclusion: Woodland whimsy Root’s odd combination of anthropomorphic creatures in a tense political situation is immediately gripping. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Root is a terrific—and fully asymmetric—woodland wargame," 29 Sep. 2018 Pillows, from their travels to London, Spain, and Sweden, in array of colors, add more whimsy. Catherine Laughlin, Philly.com, "An Old City apartment that's 'organized but playful'," 22 Mar. 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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