how to pronounce whim


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whim is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of whim in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… and off at whim it can severely damage …”

meanings of whim


  1. 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.
  2. Initialism of warm-hot intergalactic medium.
  3. A bird, the Eurasian wigeon.
  4. A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea.


  1. To be seized with a whim; to be capricious.

whim frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word whim occurs in english on average 4.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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