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whimsical

adjective whim·si·cal \ˈhwim-zi-kəl, ˈwim-\

: unusual in a playful or amusing way : not serious

Full Definition of WHIMSICAL

1
:  full of, actuated by, or exhibiting whims (see whim))
2
a :  resulting from or characterized by whim or caprice; especially :  lightly fanciful <whimsical decorations>
b :  subject to erratic behavior or unpredictable change
whim·si·cal·i·ty \ˌhwim-zə-ˈka-lə-tē, ˌwim-\ noun
whim·si·cal·ly \ˈhwim-zi-k(ə-)lē, ˈwim-\ adverb
whim·si·cal·ness \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of WHIMSICAL

  1. She has a whimsical sense of humor.
  2. <it's hard to make plans with such a whimsical best friend>
  3. You can practically taste the tropics in these whimsical doughnuts. Ripe bananas, toasted coconut and your favorite rum transform traditional doughnuts into paradisiacal ones. —Janice Wald Henderson, Chocolatier, March 2001

Origin of WHIMSICAL

whimsy
First Known Use: 1653
WHIMSICALITY Defined for Kids

whimsical

adjective whim·si·cal \ˈhwim-zi-kəl, ˈwim-\

Definition of WHIMSICAL for Kids

1
:  full of whims
2
:  unusual in a playful or amusing way <a whimsical tale of youth>

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