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  • IPA(key): /(h)wɪm/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪm

Etymology 1[edit]

Clipping of whim-wham.


whim (countable and uncountable, plural whims)

  1. A fanciful impulse, or sudden change of idea.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 269:
      The king was tired of this whim of hers long ago, and thought she ought to get married like other people; there was nothing she need wait for, she was old enough and she would not be any richer either, for she was to have half the kingdom, which she inherited after her mother.
    • 2019 May 19, Alex McLevy, “The final Game Of Thrones brings a pensive but simple meditation about stories (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      “You’re either with me or you’re against me” became Dany’s credo, and those against her were an ever-changing multitude to be determined solely by her whims.
    • 1763, Charles Churchill, The Ghost, book IV, J. Coote, →OCLC, page 137:
      Let ev'ry Man enjoy his whim; / What's He to Me, or I to him?
  2. (mining) A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes
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whim (third-person singular simple present whims, present participle whimming, simple past and past participle whimmed)

  1. (rare, intransitive) To be seized with a whim; to be capricious.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare whimbrel.


whim (plural whims)

  1. A bird, the Eurasian wigeon.