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Meaning of “whimsy” in the English Dictionary

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whimsynoun

uk   us   /ˈwɪm.zi/
[U] unusual, ​funny, and ​pleasantideas or ​qualities: Add a ​touch of whimsy to ​yourroom with these ​catsculptures. The ​filmcombines whimsy and ​tragedy in ​equalmeasure. [C or U] UK disapproving something that is ​intended to be ​strange and ​humorous but in ​fact has little ​realmeaning or ​value: Personally I've always ​consideredmime to be a lot of whimsy. [C] US (also whim) a ​suddenwish or ​idea, ​especially one that cannot be ​reasonablyexplained: Is this just one of his whimsies?
(Definition of whimsy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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whimsynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈhwɪm·zi, ˈwɪm-/
something ​playful and ​amusing: [U] The second ​book is as ​full of ​happy whimsy as the first.
(Definition of whimsy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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