Definition of whimsical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪmzɪk(ə)l/


1Playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way: a whimsical sense of humour
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  • Many of the pieces have come from his own personal collection - which reveal his witty and whimsical sense of humour, and a love of the bush.
  • Fonseca's pictures are at once whimsical and orderly, playful and restrained.
  • This album was largely whimsical and retrospective, with a subtle sense of humour, even through the more serious numbers.
fanciful, playful, mischievous, waggish, quaint, fantastic, unusual, curious, droll;
eccentric, quirky, offbeat, idiosyncratic, unconventional, outlandish, peculiar, queer, bizarre, weird, odd, freakish
informal dotty, freaky
2Acting or behaving in a capricious manner: the whimsical arbitrariness of autocracy
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  • Mulvany could also build in a light and whimsical manner, especially when it came to gate lodges.
  • Victims of the whimsical monsoons and fickle market prices, these poor farmers have very little control over their destiny.
  • Last night, our coach got a little whimsical and changed up the infield a bit.
volatile, capricious, temperamental, impulsive, excitable, fickle, changeable, unpredictable, variable, erratic, quicksilver, mercurial, mutable, inconstant, inconsistent, unstable, unsteady, fluctuating, ever-changing, protean, kaleidoscopic, fluid, wavering, vacillating, wayward
technical labile



Pronunciation: /wɪmzɪˈkalɪti/
Example sentences
  • Editors are likely to suggest nuanced typographical layouts based on the seriousness or whimsicality of the work in order to evoke a specific affectation on the reader.
  • Multiple realities and morphing characters can be a fruitful release from normal narrative, but they also release you from discipline, leaving the author prey to whimsicality and stray associations.
  • His collection combines luxury, whimsicality and wearability, all guided by his designer's instinct.


Pronunciation: /ˈwɪmzɪk(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The notion that all of that can be just whimsically tossed aside whenever the nation experiences external threats is as contrary to the country's founding principles as it is dangerous.
  • But can an Assembly be dissolved arbitrarily, capriciously, whimsically, at the absolute discretion of a Chief Minister?
  • The name was chosen somewhat whimsically by a Florida law enforcement officer, an agency official said.

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