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Etymology 1Edit

Clipping of whim-wham.


whim (countable and uncountable, plural whims)

  1. A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea
    • 2019 May 19, Alex McLevy, “The final Game Of Thrones brings a pensive but simple meditation about stories (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      “You’re either with me or you’re against me” became Dany’s credo, and those against her were an ever-changing multitude to be determined solely by her whims.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Churchill to this entry?)
      Let every man enjoy his whim.
  2. (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
Derived termsEdit


whim (third-person singular simple present whims, present participle whimming, simple past and past participle whimmed)

  1. (rare, intransitive) To be seized with a whim; to be capricious.

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Etymology 2Edit

Compare whimbrel.


whim (plural whims)

  1. A bird, the Eurasian wigeon.