from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An odd or fanciful idea; a whim.
  • n. A quaint or fanciful quality: stories full of whimsy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A quaint and fanciful idea. A whim. Playfully odd behaviour.
  • n. An impulsive, illogical or capricious character.
  • n. A whim.
  • v. To fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A whimsey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A whim; a freak; a capricious notion.
  • n. Same as whim, 3; also, a small warehousecrane for lifting goods to the upper stories.
  • n. See the quotation.
  • Full of whims or fancies; whimsical; changeable.
  • To fill with whimsies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
  • n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea


Probably from whim-wham, fanciful object.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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