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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 whimsically
  • Once welcomed as daring, the hall was now scorned as unbuildable-a whimsically complicated folly.
  • Now and again a whimsically painted steeple breaks the horizon, its gilded cupola glittering in the bright spring sun.
  • Too many myths fly around whimsically claiming that weed is dangerous to health and to society.
  • Or whimsically decided they are, to annoy you when you're planning to entertain.
  • whimsically illustrated, this is a rollicking good laugh as well as an excellent source of information on dinosaurs of all kinds.
  • Rustic, outdoor-themed rooms have ski and fishing equipment attached whimsically to the wood paneled walls.
  • Quarks and gluons possess a type of charge that has been whimsically termed color.
  • These little dogs are whimsically constructed, being apparently the members of large dogs cramped up together.
British Dictionary definitions for whimsically


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 whimsically



1650s, from whimsy. Related: Whimsically.

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