whimsical

Whimsical means full of or characterized by whims, which are odd ideas that usually occur to you very suddenly. If you decide at the last minute to fly to Europe, you could say you went there on a whim.

Whimsical can also mean tending toward odd or unpredictable behavior. Both whimsical and whim are derived from an earlier English word whim-wham, which is of unknown origin. Whim-wham had about the same meaning as whim, but could also refer to an odd object or piece of clothing.

Primary Meanings of whimsical

1.
adj
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
2.
adj
indulging in or influenced by fancy
Full Definitions of whimsical
1

adj determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

“the victim of whimsical persecutions”
Synonyms:
capricious, impulsive
arbitrary
based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice
2

adj indulging in or influenced by fancy

Synonyms:
fanciful, notional
creative, originative
having the ability or power to create

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