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Word: whim

Definition: sudden capricious idea; fancy


Sentences Containing 'whim'

``The vessel was in as good condition as I am, and as, I hope you are, M. Morrel, and this day and a half was lost from pure whim, for the pleasure of going ashore, and nothing else.''
Perhaps it was a mere whim on his part, for he is falling, they say, into second childhood, but I love him for showing so much interest in you.''
``Yes,''said the man, thrusting his hands into his pockets, and looking impudently at the youth;``I have taken the whim into my head; do you understand, Master Benedetto?''
I know not fear, I have my will, Whate'er my whim or fancy be; For me there's no impossible, I order, bind, forbid, set free.
But they must go nagging at me at every step--'Sancho said it, Sancho did it, Sancho here, Sancho there,' as if Sancho was nobody at all, and not that same Sancho Panza that's now going all over the world in books, so Samson Carrasco told me, and he's at any rate one that's a bachelor of Salamanca; and people of that sort can't lie, except when the whim seizes them or they have some very good reason for it.
You remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation.
If you were asked to wear any dress which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim.
But the Time Traveller had more than a touch of whim among his elements, and we distrusted him.
'Twas a foolish, ignorant whim of his crazy, widowed mother, who died when he was only a twelvemonth old.
A strange, apostolic whim having seized him, he had left Neskyeuna for Nantucket, where, with that cunning peculiar to craziness, he assumed a steady, common-sense exterior, and offered himself as a green-hand candidate for the Jeroboam's whaling voyage.
It may be but an idle whim, but it has always seemed to me, that the extraordinary vacillations of movement displayed by some whales when beset by three or four boats; the timidity and liability to queer frights, so common to such whales; I think that all this indirectly proceeds from the helpless perplexity of volition, in which their divided and diametrically opposite powers of vision must involve them.

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