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[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
1645-55; whims(y) + -ical
Related forms
whimsically, adverb
unwhimsical, adjective
unwhimsically, adverb
unwhimsicalness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for whimsical
  • The songs here are supposed to be whimsical, but they are rather labored.
  • With his wild and whimsical imagery, the Russian-born artist bucked the trends of 20th-century art.
  • It's whimsical, yes, but with a serious undertone throughout.
  • You are every bit as kind, whimsical, generous and lovely as your books.
  • You need to recapture that daring, whimsical part of yourself.
  • What is whimsical and enchantingly simple on the page can look merely silly and simplistic on screen.
  • whimsical and accessible, the writer-illustrator team presents complex ideas with their characteristic verve.
  • There's plenty to do here, starting with the whimsical gourmet candy shop on the ground level.
  • Cupolas and towers rise from some roofs, giving the skyline a picturesque, almost whimsical air.
  • The biblical rhetoric, as well as the whimsical retreat from it, suggests some uncertainty.
British Dictionary definitions for whimsical


spontaneously fanciful or playful
given to whims; capricious
quaint, unusual, or fantastic
Derived Forms
whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
whimsically, adverb
whimsicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for whimsical

1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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