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Probably from whims +‎ -y. Related to whim-wham, whim.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪmzi/, /ˈʍɪmzi/
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whimsy (usually uncountable, plural whimsies)

  1. A quaint and fanciful idea; a whim; playfully odd behaviour.
    • 1691, John Ray, The wisdom of God manifested in the works of the creation
      the fancies whimsies of poets and painters
    • 1691, Jonathan Swift, Ode to the Athenian Society
      men's folly, whimsies, and inconstancy.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      It’s a lovely sequence cut too short because the show seems afraid to give itself over to romance and whimsy and wistfulness when it has wedgie jokes to deliver.
  2. An impulsive, illogical or capricious character.
  3. (mining) A whim (capstan or vertical drum).
  4. A jigsaw puzzle piece that has been cut into a recognizable shape, as if on a whim; often the shape is representative of the theme of the image used for the puzzle.



whimsy (third-person singular simple present whimsies, present participle whimsying, simple past and past participle whimsied)

  1. (transitive) To fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.