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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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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 whimsically

whimsical

adj.

1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

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