noun (plural whimsies or whimseys)
- Jarmusch directs with a deadpan tone throughout, always at a slow, sometimes funereal pace, his humour full of whimsy and subversion but prone to moments of idiosyncrasy that slip towards pretension.
- Come celebrate with the young artists in attendance as they inject fresh colour, life, scent, spirit, humour and unselfconscious whimsy into our art scene.
- In my opinion the eyes are almost the most important part of the toy, giving it so much personality - humour, whimsy, cuteness, scariness and so on.
- At the whimsy of the jail administration, months of hard work sealing the cracks with toothpaste were rendered redundant.
- I noticed that Paul Johnson has dropped the whimsy and got stuck in to some serious vitriol throwing.
- Nothing can be called a sport that depends on the whimsy of ‘artistic impression’ and the opinions of nine judges.
- A strange whimsy makes a grim memory of smoke and fog no less grim but perhaps more haunting.
- Place to buy meaningless whimsy if you have nothing else to do with your dough: Small Crafts Advisory, 9803 Third Ave., Stone Harbor.
Early 17th century (in the sense 'caprice'): probably based on whim-wham.
The first sense of this was ‘a sudden fancy, a whim’. The word comes from whim-wham, first recorded in the 1520s and meaning ‘a decorative object, a trinket’, and ‘an odd notion or fancy’. Whim, which first meant ‘a pun or play on words’, also came from whim-wham in the 17th century.
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