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whimsical

[hwim-zi-kuh l, wim-]
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adjective
  1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
  2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions: Her writing showed whimsical notions of human behavior.
  3. erratic; unpredictable: He was too whimsical with regard to his work.
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Origin of whimsical

First recorded in 1645–55; whims(y) + -ical
Related formswhim·si·cal·ly, adverbun·whim·si·cal, adjectiveun·whim·si·cal·ly, adverbun·whim·si·cal·ness, noun
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Related Words for whimsical

funny, unusual, eccentric, droll, mischievous, amusing, weird, odd, comical, arbitrary, capricious, chancy, chimerical, curious, dicey, erratic, fantastic, flaky, freakish, kinky

Examples from the Web for whimsical

Contemporary Examples of whimsical

Historical Examples of whimsical

  • Mary rejoined, with a whimsical pout, as she seated herself.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He realized its hopelessness when K. lapsed into whimsical humor.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • All of which is an easy logic, but a whimsical enough way of putting it.

  • With a whimsical shake of the head Coryston returned to his chair.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Gilbert exclaimed, looking up at Henry with a whimsical smile.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for whimsical

whimsical

adjective
  1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
  2. given to whims; capricious
  3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic
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Derived Formswhimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ), nounwhimsically, adverbwhimsicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for whimsical

adj.

1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

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