- [oftenQ-] of or like Don Quixote
- extravagantly chivalrous or foolishly idealistic; visionary; impractical or impracticablealso quix·ot′i·cal
His quixotic strategy to impress his date by winning the large stuffed animals for her at the carnival seemed to be working.
An example of quixotic is a young man in love behaving foolishly or wildly.
- 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
- But in the most Quixotic of his schemes, and the most Laputan of his theories, his pure and chivalrous nature, his marvellous insight into the heart of things and men, and his..