What does whim mean?

Definitions for whimʰwɪm, wɪm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whim.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caprice, impulse, whim(noun)

    a sudden desire

    "he bought it on an impulse"

  2. notion, whim, whimsy, whimsey(noun)

    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"


  1. whim(Noun)

    A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea

  2. whim(Noun)

    A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whim(noun)

    the European widgeon

  2. Whim(noun)

    a sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice

  3. Whim(noun)

    a large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes; -- called also whim gin, and whimsey

  4. Whim(verb)

    to be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish

  5. Origin: [Cf. Whimbrel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whim

    hwim, n. a caprice: a fancy: a machine for raising ore, a mine.—v.i. to turn round, to be seized with a whim.—v.t. to cause to turn.—adjs. Whim′my, Whim′sical, full of whims, odd, fantastical.—ns. Whimsical′ity, Whim′sicalness.—adv. Whim′sically.—ns. Whim′sy, Whim′sey, a whim, freak.—adj. full of whims, changeable.—n. Whim′-wham, a ridiculous notion or thing, a freak, an odd device. [Ice. hvima, to have the eyes wandering.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Whim

    An impulsive thought to do something without any rationale or excuse,usually where buying goods are concerned.

    I did it on a whim!


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whim in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whim in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Annie Dillard:

    A schedule defends from chaos and whim.

  2. Kenneth Chang:

    A market is the combined behavior of thousands of people responding to information, misinformation and whim.

  3. Heywood:

    Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

  4. Wayne Rogers:

    It said that, in the eyes of the studio, if you behaved in an immoral fashion, they have the right to suspend you. Well, nobody defined an 'immoral fashion,' as it were - so it was at the whim of whoever ran the studio.

  5. William Hazlitt:

    Fashon is the abortive issue of vain ostentation and exclusive egotism it is haughty, trifling, affected, servile, despotic, mean and ambitious, precise and fantastical, all in a breath -- tied to no rule, and bound to conform to every whim of the minute.

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