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
huvittavaoikukasoikutteleva

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 ?
Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
At this critical juncture, old Cudjoe, the black man-of-all-work, put his head in at the door, and wished "Missis would come into the kitchen;" and our senator, tolerably relieved, looked after his little wife with a whimsical mixture of amusement and vexation, and, seating himself in the arm-chair, began to read the papers.
When I go out of the house for a walk, uncertain as yet whither I will bend my steps, and submit myself to my instinct to decide for me, I find, strange and whimsical as it may seem, that I finally and inevitably settle southwest, toward some particular wood or meadow or deserted pasture or hill in that direction.
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.
I am the lady of the house at present," said the stranger, with a whimsical smile.
We achieved the rest of our journey pleasantly, sometimes recurring to Doctors' Commons, and anticipating the distant days when I should be a proctor there, which Steerforth pictured in a variety of humorous and whimsical lights, that made us both merry.
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
The captive Abbot's features and manners exhibited a whimsical mixture of offended pride, and deranged foppery and bodily terror.
Before they could add a word she had turned with a pirouette to the door, and fled, presenting herself a moment later in the drawing-room to the three ladies, whom she surveyed with a whimsical smile in silence.
No one conceived that the telephone would ever be any more than a whimsical oddity of science.
And while as he made the change in dress he made so many whimsical comments also about a man's pride and the dress that makes a man, that the palmer was like to choke with cackling laughter.
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.