- full of or characterized by whimsy; quaintly, playfully, or gently humorous
- Archaic fanciful; freakish
- subject to sudden change; unpredictable
Scarlett likes to dress up fancily and have whimsical tea parties with her bear family.
An example of whimsical is a little girl pretending to be flying around the house like a butterfly.
- Characterized by, arising from, or subject to whimsy: a whimsical decision.
- Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way: “The episodic book is memorable for its … whimsical animal dialogue” ( Peter D. Sieruta )
Origin of whimsicalFrom whimsy
(comparative more whimsical, superlative most whimsical)
From whimsy +"Ž -ical.
- It's just something whimsical I painted some time ago.
- Queen Christina was not yet twenty, and took a lively if a somewhat whimsical interest in literary and philosophical culture.
- Very fine examples of stalactitic chalcedony, in whimsical forms, have been yielded by some of the Cornish copper-mines.
- And his whimsical consort, Maria Carolina, scarcely apes.
- Paley expressly acknowledges his obligations to the original and suggestive, though diffuse and whimsical, work of Abraham Tucker (Light of Nature Pursued, 17681 774).