AskDefine | Define whim

The Collaborative Dictionary

Whim \Whim\, v. i. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish. [R.] --Congreve. [1913 Webster]
Whim \Whim\, n. [Cf. Whimbrel.] (Zool.) The European widgeon. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
Whim \Whim\, n. [Cf. Icel. hwima to wander with the eyes, vim giddiness, Norw. kvima to whisk or flutter about, to trifle, Dan. vimse to skip, whisk, jump from one thing to another, dial. Sw. hvimsa to be unsteady, dizzy, W. chwimio to move briskly.] [1913 Webster]
A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice. [1913 Webster] Let every man enjoy his whim. --Churchill. [1913 Webster]
(Mining) 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. [1913 Webster] Whim gin (Mining), a whim. See Whim,
Whim shaft (Mining), a shaft through which ore, water, etc., is raised from a mine by means of a whim. [1913 Webster] Syn: Freak; caprice; whimsey; fancy. Usage: Whim, Freak, Caprice. Freak denotes an impulsive, inconsiderate change of mind, as by a child or a lunatic. Whim is a mental eccentricity due to peculiar processes or habits of thought. Caprice is closely allied in meaning to freak, but implies more definitely a quality of willfulness or wantonness. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 a sudden desire; "he bought it on an impulse" [syn: caprice, impulse]
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" [syn: notion, whimsy, whimsey]

Moby Thesaurus

apparition, bee, boutade, brainchild, brainstorm, bubble, capriccio, caprice, chimera, conceit, crank, craze, crazy idea, crotchet, delirium, disposition, dream, eidolon, fad, fancy, fantasque, fantastic notion, fantasy, fiction, figment, flimflam, fool notion, freak, freakish inspiration, hallucination, harebrained idea, humor, idea, idle fancy, illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining, inclination, insubstantial image, invention, kink, maggot, make-believe, megrim, myth, notion, passing fancy, phantasm, phantom, quirk, romance, sick fancy, thick-coming fancies, thought, toy, trip, vagary, vapor, vision, whim-wham, whimsy, wildest dreams




  1. A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea
  2. 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

Derived terms


fanciful impulse
Whim or WHIM has various meanings:
  • the word whim, meaning
  1. a temporary fancy or eccentricity; or
  2. a capstan or drum with a vertical axle used in mining
  3. a carriage.
  • WHIM, the Wessex Head Injury Matrix, a psychological test to assess and monitor recovery of cognitive function after severe head injury.

External links

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1