Definition of whim in English:


Syllabification: whim
Pronunciation: /(h)wim


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.
impulse, urge, notion, fancy, foible, caprice, conceit, vagary, inclination, megrim
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.


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

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