What does whim mean?

Definitions for whim
ʰwɪm, wɪmwhim

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caprice, impulse, whimnoun

    a sudden desire

    "he bought it on an impulse"

  2. notion, whim, whimsy, whimseynoun

    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. whimnoun

    A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea

  2. whimnoun

    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. Whimnoun

    the European widgeon

    Etymology: [Cf. Whimbrel.]

  2. Whimnoun

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

    Etymology: [Cf. Whimbrel.]

  3. Whimnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Cf. Whimbrel.]

  4. Whimverb

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

    Etymology: [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!

    Submitted by JP03 on October 30, 2014  

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  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

Examples of whim in a Sentence

  1. Edward Abbey:

    Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers-- obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.

  2. Fraser Howie:

    (Developers) seem to get caught up in the political economy ... which effectively leads to a tremendous number of bad decisions because you’re now making investments based on political whim and political winds, rather than actual sound business sense.

  3. Supreme Court in Manhattan:

    Mr. Trump ran the Foundation according to his whim, rather than the law.

  4. Andreas Simic:

    Without planning you are like a sailboat at sea. You will go in the direction of the wind’s whim and you will never get to where you want to go. The wind is like the opinion of others, take it for what it is and use it only when it will take you where you want to go.

  5. James Reston, New York Times, June 12 1968:

    This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.

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