[ hwim-zi-kuh l, wim- ]
/ ˈʰwɪm zɪ kəl, ˈwɪm- /


given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions: Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behavior.
erratic; unpredictable: He was too whimsical with regard to his work.

Origin of whimsical

First recorded in 1645–55; whims(y) + -ical

Related forms

whim·si·cal·ly, adverbun·whim·si·cal, adjectiveun·whim·si·cal·ly, adverbun·whim·si·cal·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for whimsical


/ (ˈwɪmzɪkəl) /


spontaneously fanciful or playful
given to whims; capricious
quaint, unusual, or fantastic

Derived Forms

whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounwhimsically, adverbwhimsicalness, noun
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