An abrupt change in feeling viewpoint or activity proceeding from some whim or fancy a freak a notion
- a-sudden desire
- An abrupt improvement in experience, viewpoint, or activity, proceeding from some whim or fancy; a freak; an idea.
- See Capriccio.
Name Origin: Italian
Name Gender: feminine
"abrupt change of brain," 1660s, from French caprice "whim" (16c.), from Italian capriccio "whim," initially "a shivering," possibly from capro "goat," with reference to frisking, from Latin capreolus "wild goat" (see cab). But another principle connects the Italian term with capo "head" + riccio "curl, frizzled," virtually "hedgehog" (from Latin ericius). The idea in this instance would-be of the tresses sitting on end in scary, therefore anyone shivering in concern.
- whimsey [spv.]
But what it was, no one could tell: it might be some caprice of a sick and half-crazy man, or it might relate to public affairs, or possibly to family concerns.