Whimsy vs Extravagance - What's the difference?

whimsy | extravagance |

As nouns the difference between whimsy and extravagance

is that whimsy is a quaint and fanciful idea a whim playfully odd behaviour while extravagance is excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.

As a verb whimsy

is to fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.



Alternative forms

* whimsey


  • A quaint and fanciful idea. A whim. Playfully odd behaviour.
  • The whimsies of poets and painters. — Ray.
    Men's folly, whimsies , and inconstancy. — Swift.
    Mistaking the whimseys of a feverish brain for the calm revelation of truth. — Bancroft.
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  • An impulsive, illogical or capricious character.
  • (mining) A whim.
  • Verb

  • To fill with whimsies or whims; to make fantastic; to craze.
  • * J. Fletcher
  • To have a man's brain whimsied with his wealth.




    (en noun)
  • Excessive or superfluous expenditure of money.
  • Prodigality as in extravagance of anger, love, expression, imagination, or demands.
  • :They spared nothing in obtaining extravagances for each other. Everything was lavish and wildly in excess. They were in love!
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  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • Synonyms

    * lavishness * profusion * wildness * irregularity * excess * prodigality * profusion * waste * unreasonableness * recklessness


    * frugality * economize * moderation