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whimsical

[hwim-zi-kuh l, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm zɪ kəl, ˈwɪm-/
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.
Origin of whimsical
1645-1655
1645-55; whims(y) + -ical
Related forms
whimsically, adverb
unwhimsical, adjective
unwhimsically, adverb
unwhimsicalness, noun
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  • They like her whimsically, if you will, and somewhat as a virtuoso dotes upon his cabinet.

  • From his mother, too, he inherited his whimsically gay vision of life.

  • He amazed Robin Drummond by his cordiality in those days, and the young fellow commented on it whimsically to Nelly herself.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • (whimsically) And you will tell him you have made me a—er—what is it?

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • It was Kenny in a painter's smock intent upon a palette, vividly, whimsically, delightfully Kenny.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • "That suit of clothes you have on," said Stubbs, whimsically.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Then at last, he spoke, whimsically as far as his mere wording went, but in a voice which Dolph found scarcely recognizable.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • He had certainly a pleasant voice, and his manner was whimsically deferential.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • Mr. Van Wyk whimsically would not admit that Mr. Massy, for instance, was more pleasant naturally than the Balinini pirates.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for whimsically

whimsical

/ˈwɪmzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
spontaneously fanciful or playful
2.
given to whims; capricious
3.
quaint, unusual, or fantastic
Derived Forms
whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
whimsically, adverb
whimsicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for whimsically

whimsical

adj.

1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

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