chimerical

or chi·mer·ic

[ ki-mer-i-kuhl or ki-mer-ik; -meer-, kahy- ]
/ kɪˈmɛr ɪ kəl or kɪˈmɛr ɪk; -ˈmɪər-, kaɪ- /

adjective

unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.
wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan.

Nearby words

  1. chimenea,
  2. chimer,
  3. chimera,
  4. chimere,
  5. chimeric,
  6. chimerically,
  7. chimichanga,
  8. chimichurri,
  9. chimkent,
  10. chimney

Origin of chimerical

First recorded in 1630–40; chimer(a) + -ical

Related formschi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·chi·mer·ic, adjectivenon·chi·mer·i·cal, adjectivenon·chi·mer·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for chimeric

chimerical

chimeric (kaɪˈmɛrɪk)

/ (kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl, kɪ-) /

adjective

wildly fanciful; imaginary
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Formschimerically, adverbchimericalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for chimeric

chimerical

adj.

1630s, from chimera + -ical. Related: Chimeric (1650s).

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Medicine definitions for chimeric

chimeric

[ kī-mĕrĭk, -mîr- ]

adj.

Relating to a chimera.
Composed of parts of different origin.

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