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NOUN (2)

1. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea;
- Example: "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"
- Example: "he had a whimsy about flying to the moon"
- Example: "whimsy can be humorous to someone with time to enjoy it"
[syn: notion, whim, whimsy, whimsey]

2. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment;
- Example: "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory"
[syn: flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsy, whimsey, capriciousness]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whimsey \Whim"sey\, Whimsy \Whimsy\, n.; pl. Whimseysor Whimsies. [See Whim.] [1913 Webster] 1. A whim; a freak; a capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit. "The whimsies of poets and painters." --Ray. [1913 Webster] Men's folly, whimsies, and inconstancy. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Mistaking the whimseys of a feverish brain for the calm revelation of truth. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining) A whim. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whimsy \Whim"sy\, n. A whimsey. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

whimsy n 1: 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, whim, whimsy, whimsey] 2: the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment; "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory" [syn: flightiness, arbitrariness, whimsicality, whimsy, whimsey, capriciousness]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "whimsy": aberration, abnormality, anomaly, apparition, boutade, brainchild, brainstorm, bubble, capriccio, caprice, chimera, conceit, crackpotism, crank, crankiness, crankism, craze, crazy idea, crotchet, crotchetiness, delirium, deviancy, deviation, differentness, disposition, divergence, dottiness, dream, eccentricity, eidolon, erraticism, erraticness, fad, fancy, fantasque, fantastic notion, fantasy, fiction, figment, flimflam, fool notion, freak, freakiness, freakish inspiration, freakishness, hallucination, harebrained idea, humor, idea, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy, idle fancy, illusion, imagery, imagination, imagining, inclination, insubstantial image, invention, irregularity, kink, maggot, make-believe, mannerism, megrim, myth, nonconformity, notion, oddity, passing fancy, peculiarity, phantasm, phantom, queerness, quip, quirk, quirkiness, romance, sick fancy, singularity, strangeness, thick-coming fancies, thought, toy, trick, trip, twist, unconventionality, unnaturalness, vagary, vapor, vision, whim, whim-wham, whimsicality, wildest dreams