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The Collaborative Dictionary

Whimsical \Whim"si*cal\, a. [From Whimsey.] [1913 Webster]
Full of, or characterized by, whims; actuated by a whim; having peculiar notions; queer; strange; freakish. "A whimsical insult." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] My neighbors call me whimsical. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
Odd or fantastic in appearance; quaintly devised; fantastic. "A whimsical chair." --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] Syn: Quaint; capricious; fanciful; fantastic. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

whimsical adj : 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" [syn: capricious, impulsive]

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  1. Given to whimsy; capricious; odd; peculiar; playful; light-hearted or amusing.


Given to whimsy; capricious; odd; peculiar; playful; light-hearted or amusing

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