Definition of whim in English:

whim

Syllabification: whim
Pronunciation: /(h)wim
 
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noun

1A sudden desire or change of mind, especially one that is unusual or unexplained: she bought it on a whim he appeared and disappeared at whim
More example sentences
  • Apparently on a whim, Wonka suddenly decides to reopen his doors to five children.
  • She did it on a whim when the opportunity presented itself, and she died four days later.
  • He opened the door on a whim, expecting nothing, but instead, he was faced with four sets of eyes.
Synonyms
impulse, urge, notion, fancy, foible, caprice, conceit, vagary, inclination, megrimcapriciousness, whimsy, caprice, volatility, fickleness, idiosyncrasy
2 archaic A windlass for raising ore or water from a mine.
More example sentences
  • Work was soon hampered by an inflow of large volumes of underground water in several shafts, keeping the whims occupied day and night.

Origin

late 17th century: of unknown origin. sense 2 (mid 18th century) is a transferred use.

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