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Whi'msey. n.s. [Only another form of the word whim.] A freak; a caprice; an odd fancy; a whim.

At this rate a pretended freak or whimsey may be palliated. L'Estrange.

All the ridiculous and extravagant shapes that can be imagined, all the fancies and whimsies of poets and painters, and Egyptian idolaters, if so be they are consistent with life and propagation, would be now actually in being, if our atheists notion were true. Ray on the Creation.

So now, as health or temper changes,
In larger compass Alma ranges;
This day below, the next above,
As light or solid whimseys move.

Oranges in whimsey-boards went round. King.

Less should I dawb it o'er with transitory praise,
And water-colours of these days;
These days! where e'en th' extravagance of poetry
Is at a loss for figures to express
Men's folly, whimsies, and inconstancy.

Sources: King, William (13) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Prior, Matthew (162) · Ray, John (59) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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