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Definition of Whim


  1. The European widgeon.
  2. A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
  3. 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.
  4. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish.

Whim Quotations

When a young non-white male is stopped and searched at the whim of a police officer, his idea of personal space, privacy and self esteem are shattered, to say nothing of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment protections. The damage goes deep quickly and stays. Stop & frisk, as well as a tactic, is also an incitement.
Henry Rollins

I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
bell hooks

Innovation is the whim of an elite before it becomes a need of the public.
Ludwig von Mises

Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.
Aslan Maskhadov

Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn't accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else's insistence or someone else's whim or convenience.
Maya Angelou
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Whim Translations

whim in Dutch is bevlieging, bui, gril, nuk, kuur
whim in Finnish is oikku
whim in French is caprice
whim in German is Laune
whim in Italian is capriccio
whim in Latin is libido
whim in Spanish is capricho
whim in Swedish is nyck, infall
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