whimsical


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whim·si·cal

 (wĭm′zĭ-kəl, hwĭm′-)
adj.
1. Characterized by, arising from, or subject to whimsy: a whimsical decision.
2. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way: "The episodic book is memorable for its ... whimsical animal dialogue" (Peter D. Sieruta).

[From whimsy.]

whim′si·cal·ly adv.

whimsical

(ˈwɪmzɪkəl)
adj
1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
2. given to whims; capricious
3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic. Also: whimmy
whimsicality n
ˈwhimsically adv
ˈwhimsicalness n

whim•si•cal

(ˈʰwɪm zɪ kəl, ˈwɪm-)

adj.
1. given to fanciful notions; capricious.
2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions: whimsical inventions.
3. erratic; unpredictable.
[1645–55]
whim`si•cal′i•ty, n.
whim′si•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.whimsical - determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; "a capricious refusal"; "authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious"; "the victim of whimsical persecutions"
arbitrary - based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice; "an arbitrary decision"; "the arbitrary rule of a dictator"; "an arbitrary penalty"; "of arbitrary size and shape"; "an arbitrary choice"; "arbitrary division of the group into halves"

whimsical

adjective fanciful, odd, funny, unusual, fantastic, curious, weird, peculiar, eccentric, queer, flaky (slang, chiefly U.S.), singular, quaint, playful, mischievous, capricious, droll, freakish, fantastical, crotchety, chimerical, waggish He had an offbeat, whimsical sense of humour.

whimsical

adjective
1. Determined or marked by whim or caprice rather than reason:
3. Appealing to fancy:
Translations
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whimsical

[ˈwɪmzɪkəl] ADJ [person] → caprichoso; [idea, suggestion] → caprichoso, fantástico; [smile] → enigmático
to be in a whimsical moodestar de humor para dejar volar la fantasía

whimsical

hwɪmzɪkəl] adj
[person, idea, plot] → fantasque

whimsical

adjwunderlich; look, remarkneckisch; smileverschmitzt; idea, taleschnurrig; decisionseltsam, spinnig (inf); notiongrillenhaft; ornamentverrückt; to be in a whimsical moodin einer neckischen Laune sein

whimsical

[ˈwɪmzɪkl] adj (person) → particolare; (look) → curioso/a; (idea, story) → fantasioso/a
a whimsical smile → uno strano sorrisetto
References in classic literature ?
As I lay in bed this morning between sleeping and waking, an idea came riding on a sunbeam into my room,--a mad, whimsical idea, but one that suits my mood; and put briefly, it is this: how is it that I, a not unpresentable young man, a man not without accomplishments or experience, should have gone all these years without finding that
He disdained to ask questions as to their proceedings, and could only guess at the meaning of their movements, and in so doing indulged in conjectures and suspicions, which produced the most whimsical self-torment.
I am in danger, I see, of being included among the whimsical fellows, which I so little desire that I have got me into my writing-chair to combat the charge, but, having sat for an unconscionable time with pen poised, I am come agitatedly to the fear that there may be something in it.
Then, the master of the outfit (or rather the former master, for I could not suppress a whimsical feeling that the entire establishment was my lawful prize) trained his big, black eyes upon me with an expression strangely, and somewhat unpleasantly, familiar, laid down his rod--which neither blossomed nor turned into a serpent, as I half expected--folded his arms, and gravely demanded, "W'at did you do to W'isky?
Men who pay for what they eat will insist on gratifying their palates, however nice and whimsical these may prove; and if everything is not agreeable to their taste, will challenge a right to censure, to abuse, and to d--n their dinner without controul.
But he could not take root in any of these; with chagrin, he found his masters invariably whimsical and irregular, constantly running about the country, or on the look-out for adventure.
At times her whimsical fancy would intensify natural processes around her till they seemed a part of her own story.
The faces of these false heads were painted in many ridiculous ways, according to the whims of the owners, and these big, burly creatures looked so whimsical and absurd in their queer masks that they were called "Whimsies.
As she rose to go she turned to me with the whimsical way she had, and said:
A whimsical smile trembled on John Pendleton's lips.
He was himself conscious that, except that whimsical gentleman married to Kitty Shtcherbatskaya, who had a propos de bottes poured out a stream of irrelevant absurdities with such spiteful fury, every nobleman with whom he had made acquaintance had become his adherent.
For some years Wilson had been privately at work on a whimsical almanac, for his amusement--a calendar, with a little dab of ostensible philosophy, usually in ironical form, appended to each date; and the judge thought that these quips and fancies of Wilson's were neatly turned and cute; so he carried a handful of them around one day, and read them to some of the chief citizens.