or chi·mer·ic

[ki-mer-i-kuhl or ki-mer-ik; -meer-, kahy-]


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

Synonyms for chimerical

Antonyms for chimerical

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

Examples from the Web for chimerical

Historical Examples of chimerical

  • Barring the chimerical, that any girl may consider and most girls do, she was straight as a string.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Judging by past experience in California this is no chimerical conception.

  • But while as matter of logic it is inconclusive, as matter of fact it is chimerical.

  • With many, and to many, these things are but as dreams; they are chimerical.

  • To keep it from his daughter till she should be stronger, seemed to him chimerical, impossible.

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

British Dictionary definitions for chimerical


chimeric (kaɪˈmɛrɪk)


wildly fanciful; imaginary
given to or indulging in fantasies
Derived Formschimerically, adverbchimericalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chimerical

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper