capricious

[kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs]

adjective

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.
Obsolete. fanciful or witty.

Nearby words

  1. capri-,
  2. capric acid,
  3. capriccio,
  4. capriccioso,
  5. caprice,
  6. capriciously,
  7. capricorn,
  8. capricornia,
  9. capricornian,
  10. capricornus

Origin of capricious

1585–95; < Italian capriccioso capriccioso

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British Dictionary definitions for capricious

capricious

adjective

characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
Derived Formscapriciously, adverbcapriciousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for capricious

capricious

adj.

1590s, from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.

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