from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being whimsical.
  • n. something whimsical; a caprice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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  • The reason that so many things don't have that kind of whimsicality to them, especially in movies or in any kind of artwork or writing, is because it's so damn hard to find that. - News

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  • The poems of "Beginning and End of the Snow" 1991 have an easy whimsicality while maintaining their seriousness:

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  • Paul was alternately drawn to and repelled by her whimsicality and wantonness.

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  • Turning to painting in 1907, Feininger began to experiment with formal qualities, namely perspective, while infusing his genre scenes with the same intangible whimsicality evoked in his commercial work dating back to the turn of the century.

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  • I, who looked upon begging as a delightful whimsicality, thumbed myself over into a true son of Mrs. Grundy, burdened with all her bourgeois morality.


  • "Let's go and get married," he urged, all the whimsicality of his utterance duplicated in his eyes.

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  • "I want you so bad, Miss Mason, that I don't dast to ask you now," he said, with such whimsicality and earnestness as to make her throw her head back in a frank boyish laugh.

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  • But simply to turn loose your soul to every whimsicality, to play the fool unafraid of any possible result, why, that requires a man other than a householder and law-respecting citizen.

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  • Among its many qualities were two – whimsicality and irony – that have become well-established in British life since.

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