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Definition of Whim

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

Markets work best when there's lots of information available and a historical track record to go on; they excel at predicting things like horse races, election outcomes, and box-office results. But they're bad at predicting things like who will be the next Supreme Court nominee, as that depends on the whim of the president.
James Surowiecki

I've got to tell you what, the soldier doesn't fight very hard for a leader who is going to shoot him, okay, on his own whim. That's not what military leadership is all about.
Norman Schwarzkopf

I'm a person of whim, and easily distracted. I don't like multitasking. When I'm doing one thing, I like to do just that thing.
Margaret Atwood

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