whim·​sy | \ ˈ(h)wim-zē How to pronounce whimsy (audio) \
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

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 These artichoke dessert plates from Bordallo Pinheiro will bring a bit of whimsy to your meal. Julie Tong, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2021 Her striking silk-blend top retails for a cool $1,690, and features a high neckline and voluminous, embroidered balloon sleeves for a touch of whimsy. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 The roadside attraction is the brainchild of Joe Johnston, the owner of Joe's Farm Grill, who knows how to appeal to our childish sense of whimsy. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 11 Nov. 2021 Anderson’s recent work has been heavy on the whimsy, even for him. David Sims, The Atlantic, 22 Oct. 2021 Unexpected details such as swings instead of seats and an in-house recording studio add a playful whimsy. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2021 Indeed, this perfect purple mountain of a ring is a design treasure with an arched back and a soothing streak of whimsy. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Add a touch of whimsy to your tea-brewing endeavors with this Alice in Wonderland by Mary Blair Teapot, which is marked down by nearly $14 when the code is applied. Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 4 Nov. 2021 But before those lights can be switched on at the Nov. 20 kickoff — ushering in Bing Crosby tunes and holiday whimsy — someone’s got to check every single one of those 1 million light bulbs. Diego Mendoza-moyers, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Sep. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whimsy. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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