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[hwim-zi-kuh l, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zɪ kəl, ˈwɪm-/
given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious:
a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions:
Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behavior.
erratic; unpredictable:
He was too whimsical with regard to his work.
Origin of whimsical
First recorded in 1645-55; whims(y) + -ical
Related forms
whimsically, adverb
unwhimsical, adjective
unwhimsically, adverb
unwhimsicalness, noun Unabridged
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  • They like her whimsically, if you will, and somewhat as a virtuoso dotes upon his cabinet.

  • (whimsically) And you will tell him you have made me a—er—what is it?

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • He amazed Robin Drummond by his cordiality in those days, and the young fellow commented on it whimsically to Nelly herself.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • "That suit of clothes you have on," said Stubbs, whimsically.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • It was Kenny in a painter's smock intent upon a palette, vividly, whimsically, delightfully Kenny.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • He had certainly a pleasant voice, and his manner was whimsically deferential.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • Then at last, he spoke, whimsically as far as his mere wording went, but in a voice which Dolph found scarcely recognizable.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • From his mother, too, he inherited his whimsically gay vision of life.

  • Mr. Van Wyk whimsically would not admit that Mr. Massy, for instance, was more pleasant naturally than the Balinini pirates.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for whimsically


spontaneously fanciful or playful
given to whims; capricious
quaint, unusual, or fantastic
Derived Forms
whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
whimsically, adverb
whimsicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for whimsically



1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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