Definition of whimsical in English:

whimsical

adjective

  • 1Playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way.

    ‘a whimsical sense of humour’
    • ‘Helen Evans has fourteen gouache paintings, bright, whimsical and cartoon-like, most depicting the antics of her dog Hobbs.’
    • ‘The ceiling is hung with lamps of every shape and size, from glass floats tied with rope to whimsical creations made of seashells.’
    • ‘Though some are light and whimsical, they emerge from a passion for both writing and reading that goes beyond mere observation.’
    • ‘Some spoilsport reviewers have referred to the lyrics as smug and smirking; I prefer to view them as wry and whimsical.’
    • ‘For those of you left with any doubt, the play is musical, whimsical and highly enjoyable - a perfect family night out.’
    • ‘It has terrific moments, especially early on, often anticipating Fellini in tone and setting, but it is a bit too jauntily whimsical for us now.’
    • ‘Frater surely pays his respects to the whimsical monsoon gods through his pilgrimage covering the length and breadth of the country.’
    • ‘How did an impoverished North Philadelphia community transform abandoned lots into whimsical sculpture gardens?’
    • ‘A father and son children's book: vivid illustrations by son Carl, whimsical poems by father Peter.’
    • ‘Ali's whimsical rendering of this imagined place evokes subtle feelings of nostalgia, and regret.’
    • ‘Looking out the window, I can see an orange flame of whimsical light skimming the horizon, and hues of blue to grey look down benignly from above.’
    • ‘The question is whimsical, but perhaps it illustrates something.’
    • ‘But how many know the story of J.M. Barrie, the eccentric author of the whimsical Peter Pan?’
    • ‘Often intended for children, such verse also appeals to an adult sense of the ridiculous or whimsical.’
    • ‘She and friends would flip the painting from the more serious to the whimsical side during parties at Emmott's house many years ago.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His new song Mother and Child opened the dedication service and captured the whimsical and delightful spirit of the work.’
    • ‘Fonseca's pictures are at once whimsical and orderly, playful and restrained.’
    • ‘This whimsical piece of mischief by his brother brought a quiet laugh from David.’
    • ‘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
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  • 2Acting or behaving in a capricious manner.

    ‘the whimsical arbitrariness of autocracy’
    • ‘Mulvany could also build in a light and whimsical manner, especially when it came to gate lodges.’
    • ‘This is a story about rootlessness, about impulsive, ostensibly whimsical wandering.’
    • ‘The High Court said while granting maintenance, some formula or yardstick must be adopted and it must not be whimsical or arbitrary.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes and listened to the Forestmaster's whimsical voice change to a somber, sorrowful tone.’
    • ‘They clearly seek to exercise power in whimsical and arbitrary ways.’
    • ‘Victims of the whimsical monsoons and fickle market prices, these poor farmers have very little control over their destiny.’
    • ‘John was known as a whimsical man who often changed the inventory of his cargo to fit his mood.’
    • ‘A solid master plan helps prevent whimsical changes being made by each new greens committee’
    • ‘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
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Pronunciation

whimsical

/ˈwɪmzɪk(ə)l/