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Whimsey \Whim"sey\, Whimsy \Whimsy\, n.; pl. Whimseysor Whimsies. [See Whim.] [1913 Webster]
A whim; a freak; a capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit. "The whimsies of poets and painters." --Ray. [1913 Webster] Men's folly, whimsies, and inconstancy. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Mistaking the whimseys of a feverish brain for the calm revelation of truth. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]
(Mining) A whim. [1913 Webster]
Whimsy \Whim"sy\, n. A whimsey. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 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]
2 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] [also: whimsiest, whimsier]


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