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  • adv. in a whimsical manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a whimsical manner; freakishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a whimsical manner; freakishly.

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

  • adv. in a fanciful manner

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Examples

  • * The word “one** has been referred to whimsically as the “Harvard mantra.

    Stress and the Manager

  • Henry and Daisy have been to see the _lying in state_, as lying stark and dead is called whimsically, of the Duke of Sussex.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

  • Henry and Daisy have been to see the lying in state, as lying stark and dead is called whimsically, of the Duke of Sussex.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • On grave subjects she had the manner of speaking of a shy scholar, and between grave and playful, between smiling and serious, her clear head, her nobly poised character, seemed to him to have never had a prototype and to elude the art of picturing it in expression, until he heard Lydiard call her whimsically, 'Portia disrobing'

    Beauchamp's Career — Volume 7

  • On grave subjects she had the manner of speaking of a shy scholar, and between grave and playful, between smiling and serious, her clear head, her nobly poised character, seemed to him to have never had a prototype and to elude the art of picturing it in expression, until he heard Lydiard call her whimsically, 'Portia disrobing.'

    Beauchamp's Career — Complete

  • Every other gorgeous phrase whimsically punctuated with a tight, up-curving trill like the shudder of an arrow thwacked into a tree trunk.

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  • It's not just because they loved Jackson's sugar-pop music but, I suspect and correct me if I'm wrong because he lived in a manner that they themselves would love to savor -- a kind of whimsically perverted, high-denial, candy-cane existence in which all malignancies are ignored or suppressed in order to satisfy each and every fantasy-dream whim, without compromise or hesitation.

    INTERESTING THOUGHT FOR TODAY

  • She draws readers into a sensual world where screen doors smell like rust, where the pleasure of smoking is signaled by the smell of sulfur with the striking of a match, where riding in a car with an elderly person behind the wheel, "whimsically" stepping on the gas and brakes, feels "like being in a rocking chair."

    The Politics of Marriage

  • "You're a poet," whimsically, "I want you to write some letters to me because I know you must write beautiful."

    Tramping on Life An Autobiographical Narrative

  • For the sake of our children, we must be able to both whimsically recall that old tattered book by our bedside and also acknowledge that the eReader is ushering in a new era of readers.

    Pam Allyn: The eReader Is Not The Enemy

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