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[kwik-sot-ik] /kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk/
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
(sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
Sometimes, quixotical.
Origin of quixotic
First recorded in 1805-15; (Don) Quixote + -ic
Related forms
quixotically, adverb
half-quixotic, adjective
half-quixotically, adverb
unquixotic, adjective
unquixotical, adjective
unquixotically, adverb
1. fanciful, fantastic, imaginary.
1. realistic, practical. Unabridged
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  • As to Don Anastasio, the quixotic redemption in specie was beyond him entirely.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • I stood by you with a fidelity that was nothing short of quixotic.

    The Convert Elizabeth Robins
  • However, as it turned out, this quixotic act of consideration was allowed to remain a dark secret between these two.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • Now that Tryst was dead, Derek's quixotic action had no meaning.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • There is undoubtedly a philosophical Quixotism, but there is also a quixotic philosophy.

    Tragic Sense Of Life Miguel de Unamuno
British Dictionary definitions for quixotic


preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
Derived Forms
quixotically, adverb
quixotism (ˈkwɪksəˌtɪzəm) noun
Word Origin
C18: after Don Quixote
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quixotic

"extravagantly chivalrous," 1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1605; English translation by 1620). His name literally means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Modern Spanish quijote, from Latin coxa "hip." Related: Quixotical; quixotically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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