whimsey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whimsey 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"
    • n whimsey 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whimsey (Mining) A whim.
    • Whimsey A whim; a freak; a capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit. "The whimsies of poets and painters.""Men's folly, whimsies , and inconstancy.""Mistaking the whimseys of a feverish brain for the calm revelation of truth."
    • v. t Whimsey To fill with whimseys, or whims; to make fantastic; to craze. "To have a man's brain whimsied with his wealth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • whimsey See whimsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whimsey a whim, freak
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Whim
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. hvima, to have the eyes wandering.

Usage

In literature:

Never leave this damned ill-natured whimsey, Frank?
"The Old Bachelor" by William Congreve
What d'ye think's his last whimsey?
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 59, September, 1862" by Various
It is a whimsey, a weakness of yours, boy.
"Between Whiles" by Helen Hunt Jackson
You should study less, or these night-whimseys will grow upon you.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
It was just a whimsey of Fate.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
They mout get some whimsey into their heads, an' come this ways.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Rabelais is remarkable for whimsical disregard of even his own whimseys.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Never leave this damned ill-natured whimsey, Frank?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
There was also another tramway extension by the Bullo Pill Company to the Folly and Whimsey Collieries at the head of the Dam Pool.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
Our whimsey crotchets will manage it all; Deep!
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
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In news:

You can spend your 'last day' at Brunswick Historical Society fundraiser: Whit & Whimsey.
You can spend your ' last day ' at Brunswick Historical Society fundraiser: Whit & Whimsey.
Though there are some more serious pieces in the back, without a doubt, " Sophisticated Whimsey" is an appropriate name.
Though there are some more serious pieces in the back, without a doubt, "Sophisticated Whimsey" is an appropriate name.
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