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whimsical

[hwim-zi-kuh l, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zɪ kəl, ˈwɪm-/
adjective
1.
given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious:
a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
2.
of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions:
Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behavior.
3.
erratic; unpredictable:
He was too whimsical with regard to his work.
Origin of whimsical
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; whims(y) + -ical
Related forms
whimsically, adverb
unwhimsical, adjective
unwhimsically, adverb
unwhimsicalness, noun
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Examples from the Web for whimsical
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  • Mary rejoined, with a whimsical pout, as she seated herself.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He realized its hopelessness when K. lapsed into whimsical humor.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • All of which is an easy logic, but a whimsical enough way of putting it.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • With a whimsical shake of the head Coryston returned to his chair.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Gilbert exclaimed, looking up at Henry with a whimsical smile.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for whimsical

whimsical

/ˈwɪmzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
spontaneously fanciful or playful
2.
given to whims; capricious
3.
quaint, unusual, or fantastic
Derived Forms
whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
whimsically, adverb
whimsicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for whimsical
adj.

1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

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