- extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
- impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
Origin of quixotic
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Examples from the Web for quixotic
Resolve that this can and should be the year that zero preschoolers go hungry based on your quixotic grandstanding.15 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions
Kelly Williams Brown
December 31, 2013
Of course, his quixotic crusade to defund Obamacare will surely fail, but it made for some good TV.Highlight Reel: 11 Craziest Moments From Ted Cruz’s Quasi-Filibuster
Ben Jacobs, The Daily Beast Video
September 25, 2013
In November 2007, though, Dutschke seemed to realize his campaign was quixotic.Ricin Suspect J. Everett Dutschke Arrested
April 27, 2013
Even after Newtown, swarms of commentators warned that Obama would be a fool to take on such a quixotic cause.Gun Control Fight Finally Lays to Rest the Obama-as-Timid Meme
April 20, 2013
But along comes Hank Greenberg, AIG's colorful former chief, pushing them to join his quixotic lawsuit.AIG May Sue the Government For An Insufficiently Generous Bailout
January 8, 2013
Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You must be very tired, having roamed about in this Quixotic fashion!Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
He was quixotic, especially in anything to do with money, and often to his own personal loss.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
Porcallo, a Quixotic knight, had no element of timidity in his character.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
We should be quixotic and fatuous indeed if we attempted anything of the kind.Socialism
- preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
Word Origin and History for quixotic
"extravagantly chivalrous," 1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes' satirical novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha" (1605; English translation by 1620). His name literally means "thigh," also "a cuisse" (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Modern Spanish quijote, from Latin coxa "hip." Related: Quixotical; quixotically.