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English noun: whimsy

1. whimsy (cognition) an odd or fanciful or capricious idea

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsnotion, whim, whimsey

Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

2. whimsy (attribute) the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

SamplesI despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory.

Synonymsarbitrariness, capriciousness, flightiness, whimsey, whimsicality

Broader (hypernym)irresponsibility, irresponsibleness

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