[ UK /wˈɪmzi/ ]
[ US /ˈhwɪmsi, ˈwɪmsi/ ]
NOUN
  1. 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
  2. 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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How To Use whimsy In A Sentence

  • Too frequently the stories seem to settle for, at worst, an indulgence in superficial whimsy, at best, a cultivation of the bizarre in situation and event that, at least as I read them, can't bear the weight they're asked to bear when left to provide the primary source of dramatic interest. Genre Fiction
  • With too much whimsy and not enough wit, it has little to say about celebrity or anything else. Times, Sunday Times
  • Come celebrate with the young artists in attendance as they inject fresh colour, life, scent, spirit, humour and unselfconscious whimsy into our art scene.
  • This kind of tendentious whimsy is more peculiar than interesting; as the pages turn, one becomes inured to it and begins to yawn. Archive 2007-09-01
  • Stripes, geometric shapes and patterns add whimsy to ordinary rocking chairs.
  • The film's celebration of sheer human daffiness never descends into whimsy.
  • As if historical fact weren't enough, Jones also shows a fondness for, and in fact a deft hand with, fanciful flights of whimsy.
  • Its strong points are undermined by cloying sentimentality and whimsy. Times, Sunday Times
  • It's easy to notice that these miscreants are overwhelmingly white, educated, and well-heeled enough to sink enormous expense and labor into realizing a few days of whimsy and weirdness.
  • The film certainly succeeds in doing that - but it also taps into Barrie's well-documented yearning for a world in which playfulness and whimsy would always triumph over seriousness and propriety.
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