A delicate child still, puny and sickly, petted and spoiled, indulged in every childish whim and caprice.
I cannot give any reason but caprice for quitting this ship.
Owing to this caprice of the elements, I was unable to leave until three o'clock in the afternoon.
The devotion of Mr Sparkler was only to be equalled by the caprice and cruelty of his enslaver.
This does not always depend on the caprice of the public, or what may be called literary fashions.
It is better to be torn to pieces at a spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat.'
What caprice might not possess her while on shore, and the ship to sail within a few hours?
Why should we cultivate talents merely to gratify the caprice of tyrants?
At each return the varying stream and shore must be studied, and every caprice of either divined.
It's just as likely, perhaps, to be some caprice,—some passing fancy.
"sudden change of mind," 1660s, from French caprice "whim" (16c.), from Italian capriccio "whim," originally "a shivering," possibly from capro "goat," with reference to frisking, from Latin capreolus "wild goat" (see cab). But another theory connects the Italian word with capo "head" + riccio "curl, frizzled," literally "hedgehog" (from Latin ericius). The notion in this case would be of the hair standing on end in horror, hence the person shivering in fear.