ca·price f41 [caprice caprices] BrE [kəˈpriːs]
NAmE [kəˈpriːs]
noun (formal)
1. countable a sudden change in attitude or behaviour for no obvious reason
Syn: whim
2. uncountable the tendency to change your mind suddenly or behave unexpectedly
Word Origin:
mid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian capriccio, literally head with the hair standing on end, hence horror, later a sudden start (influenced by capra ‘goat’, associated with frisky movement), from capo ‘head’ + riccio ‘hedgehog’.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.An abrupt change in feeling, opinion, or action, proceeding from some whim or fancy; a freak; a notion.
2.(Mus.) See Capriccio.

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