An example of quixotic is a young man in love behaving foolishly or wildly.
- of or like Don Quixote
- extravagantly chivalrous or foolishly idealistic; visionary; impractical or impracticablealso quix·ot′i·cal
- Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
- Capricious; impulsive: “At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious” (Louis Auchincloss).
Origin of quixoticFrom English Quixote, a visionary, after Don Quixote, hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes.
(comparative more quixotic, superlative most quixotic)
Although the term is derived from the name of the character Don Quixote, the letters qu and x are both read as is usual for English spelling (/kw/ and /ks/). In "Don Quixote", by contrast, the pronunciation more closely resembles the modern Spanish (/k/ and /h~x/).
The surname of Don Quixote, the titular character in the novel by Miguel Cervantes, + -ic