Meaning of “whimsy” in the English Dictionary


"whimsy" in English

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uk /ˈwɪm.zi/ us /ˈwɪm.zi/

[ U ] unusual, funny, and pleasant ideas or qualities:

Add a touch of whimsy to your room with these cat sculptures.
The film combines whimsy and tragedy in equal measure.

[ C or U ] UK disapproving something that is intended to be strange and humorous but in fact has little real meaning or value:

Personally I've always considered mime to be a lot of whimsy.

[ C ] US also whim a sudden wish or idea, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained:

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)