Whimsy

whimsy [whimsy whimsies] BrE [ˈwɪmzi]
NAmE [ˈwɪmzi]
noun uncountable
a way of thinking or behaving, or a style of doing sth that is unusual and not serious, in a way that is either amusing or annoying
Word Origin:
early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘caprice’): probably based on whim-wham, a whim.

WordNet Dictionary:
noun
1. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
- I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory
Syn: flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsey, capriciousness
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, whim, whimsey
II
verb
1. move with a whining sound
- The bullets were whining past us
2. talk in a tearful manner
Syn: snivel
- Sam and Sue whine
3. complain whiningly
Syn: grizzle, yammer, yawp

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.A whimsey.

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