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Meaning of WHIM

Pronunciation:  wim

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a whimsical idea; "the theatrical notion of disguise is associated with disaster in his stories"
  2. [n]  a sudden desire; "he bought it on impulse"

WHIM is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: caprice, impulse, notion, vagary, whimsey, whimsy
 See Also: desire, idea, thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whim\, n. [Cf. {Whimbrel}.] (Zo["o]l.)
    The European widgeon. [Prov. Eng.]
  2. \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
    1. A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary
       eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a
       humor; a caprice.
             Let every man enjoy his whim.         --Churchill.
    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; -- called also {whim gin},
       and {whimsey}.
    {Whim gin} (Mining), a whim. See {Whim}, 2.
    {Whim shaft} (Mining), a shaft through which ore, water,
       etc., is raised from a mine by means of a whim.
    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.
  3. \Whim\, v. i.
    To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical,
    giddy, or freakish. [R.] --Congreve.