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whimsical (ˈwɪmzɪkəl Pronunciation for whimsical



  1. spontaneously fanciful or playful
  2. given to whims; capricious
  3. quaint, unusual, or fantastic Also: whimmy

Derived Forms

whimsicality (ˌwɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ Pronunciation for whimsicality  noun
ˈwhimsically adverb
ˈwhimsicalness noun

Translations for 'whimsical'

  • British English: whimsical A whimsical person or idea is unusual, playful, and unpredictable, rather than serious and practical. ADJECTIVE...his offbeat sense of humor, his whimsical side.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: excêntrico
  • Chinese: 异想天开的异異想天开開的
  • European Spanish: caprichoso caprichosa
  • French: fantasque
  • German: wunderlich
  • Italian: estroso estrosa
  • Japanese: 気まぐれな
  • Korean: 엉뚱한
  • Portuguese: excêntrico excêntrica
  • Spanish: caprichoso caprichosa

Example Sentences Including 'whimsical'

He is also launching a new line of whimsical products at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May.
Globe and Mail (2003)
He looked in the mirror in a sudden whimsical gesture at checking the matter.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
Indian cricket's essential problem remains unaddressed: a whimsical cricket board.
India Today (1998)
The French pharmacy, with its surgical green boxes, polished glass and whimsical window displays, is as enticing as a sweet shop.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The dialogue is playful, whimsical , often affected, sometimes facetious.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
There are some whimsical surprises, notably Ferrer's yodelling on one track, the wailing of a "Chinese cornet" on another.
Globe and Mail (2003)
When he came away from the phone there was a whimsical quirk to his eyebrows.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
`I have only really known her as Tilly,' said Johnny, with a whimsical air that momentarily recalled Andrew.
Doris Lessing THE SWEETEST DREAM (2001)


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