or chi·mer·ic

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


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chimerical


chimeric (kaɪˈmɛrɪk)

/ (kaɪˈmɛrɪkəl, kɪ-) /


wildly fanciful; imaginary
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Formschimerically, adverbchimericalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for chimerical



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

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