whim [whim whims] BrE [wɪm]
NAmE [wɪm]
noun countable, uncountable
a sudden wish to do or have sth, especially when it is sth unusual or unnecessary
. He was forced to pander to her every whim.
. We bought the house on a whim.
. My duties seem to change daily at the whim of the boss.
. the whims of fashion
. She hires and fires people at whim.
Word Origin:
late 17th cent.: of unknown origin.
Example Bank:
. For years she had suffered her husband's whims.
. Funding is subject to political whim.
. He bought the jacket on a whim, having seen it by chance in a shop window.
. Slaves could be bought and sold at the whim of their masters.
. The bird's nest is vulnerable to the slightest whim of the weather.
. The child's parents pandered to his every whim.
. They seem to be able to change the rules of the game at whim.
. He was forced to pander to her every whim.
. She hires and fires people at whim.
. We bought the house on a whim.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a sudden desire
- he bought it on an impulse
Syn: caprice, impulse
2. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
- the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories
- he had a whimsy about flying to the moon
- whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it
Syn: notion, whimsy, whimsey

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.(Zool.) The European widgeon.
1.A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
Let every man enjoy his whim.
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; - called also whim gin, and whimsey.
Whim gin
(Mining) a whim. See Whim, 2.
Whim shaft
(Mining) a shaft through which ore, water, etc., is raised from a mine by means of a whim.
v. i.1.To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish.

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