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.
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whimsical

(?w?mz?k?l)
adj
1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
2. given to whims; capricious
3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic. Also: whimmy
whimsicality n
?whimsically adv
?whimsicalness n
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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.
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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"
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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.
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whimsical

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

hwɪmzɪkəl] adj
[person, idea, plot] → fantasque
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. ? HarperCollins Publishers 2005

whimsical

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

[ˈwɪmzɪkl] adj (person) → particolare; (look) → curioso/a; (idea, story) → fantasioso/a
a whimsical smile → uno strano sorrisetto
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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.
My guide, too, appeared to take on an added seriousness as he read it, and I fancied that I could detect beneath his whimsical manner something of manliness, almost of dignity.
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." They foolishly imagined that no one would suspect the little heads that were inside the imitation ones, not knowing that it is folly to try to appear otherwise than as nature has made us.
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.
Oh dear me, how very whimsical! Amazingly whimsical to be sure!'