chimerical

or chi·mer·ic

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

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 chimerical

chimerical

chimeric (kaɪˈmɛrɪk)

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for chimerical

chimerical

adj.

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

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