from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or state of being whimsical.
  • noun A whimsical idea or its expression; a caprice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being whimsical; whimsicalness.
  • noun Oddity; strangeness; fantasticalness.
  • noun Pl. whimsicalities (-tiz). That which exhibits whimsical or fanciful qualities; a whimsical thought, saying, or action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being whimsical; whimsicalness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable the state of being whimsical.
  • noun countable something whimsical; a caprice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
  • noun the trait of behaving like an imp


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