[ kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs ]
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  1. subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic: He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.

  2. Obsolete. fanciful or witty.

Origin of capricious

First recorded in 1585–95; from French capricieux, from Italian capriccioso capriccioso

synonym study For capricious

1. See fickle.

Other words for capricious

Opposites for capricious

Other words from capricious

  • ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
  • ca·pri·cious·ness, noun
  • non·ca·pri·cious, adjective
  • non·ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb
  • un·ca·pri·cious, adjective
  • un·ca·pri·cious·ly, adverb

Words Nearby capricious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use capricious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for capricious


/ (kəˈprɪʃəs) /

  1. characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle

Derived forms of capricious

  • capriciously, adverb
  • capriciousness, noun

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