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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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  • A whimsical look, half smile, half frown, came over his face.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Mary rejoined, with a whimsical pout, as she seated herself.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • You proved that fact to me many months ago, said Forbes, with one of his whimsical, inscrutable smiles.

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • With a whimsical shake of the head Coryston returned to his chair.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Madame was so whimsical, and her disposition was so changeable.

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
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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