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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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 Along with the politics and pathos, threads of whimsy, humor and hope wove through the proceedings on the heels of the hashtag #TonyDreaming. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "De Niro denounces Trump, Stoneman Douglas students bring everyone to tears and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' proves it really is a musical — this year's Tonys had it all," 11 June 2018 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

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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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