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Definition playful or amusing


determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
  • It was an especially whimsical episode of Family Guy.
whimsical = playful or amusing
  • benefited and suffered under a whimsical boss
  • He would say with a whimsical smile to his mother, the good but over-careful housewife:
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • whimsical = playful
  • Even in bronze, he had a whimsical look, and I thought this friend had sculpted a little spirit as well.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • whimsical = playful
  • This obscure, whimsical, and disagreeable poem was despised
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • whimsical = playfully written based on impulse rather than by necessity or reason
  • remembering Edna's whimsical turn of mind of late
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • whimsical = impulsive
  • There was a whimsical candy-colored sculpture on the lawn that looked like a bunch of child's toys glued together without reason or order.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • whimsical = playful (with a design determined by impulse rather than by necessity or reason)
  • He would be whimsical, generous, mysterious with his money.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • whimsical = playful
  • "The winter loves me," he retorted, and then, disliking the whimsical sound of that, added, "I mean as much as you can say a season can love."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • whimsical = playful (impulsive and amusing rather than reasoned)
  • Ichabod became the object of whimsical persecution to Bones and his gang of rough riders.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • whimsical = determined by impulse rather than by reason
  • picturing this whimsical leprechaun
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • whimsical = playful and amusing
  • But he was able to set up a file for a nonexistent student, whom he whimsically named God.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • whimsically = impulsively (not by reason or necessity)
  • ...subject to the whim or whimsy of my mother,
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • whimsy = impulse (rather than necessity or reason)
  • whimsical, wild, comical as he is
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • whimsical = playfully impulsive
  • If you spoke English, results might be whimsical; multi-valued nature of English gave option circuits too much leeway.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • whimsical = determined by chance (and sometimes amusing)
  • his whimsical smile
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • whimsical = playful and impulsive
  • Only one of those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have four million human beings all jostling each other within the space of a few square miles.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • whimsical = determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason — often playful
  • whimsical despotism
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • whimsical = determined impulsively
  • Indeed, the fact that biotechnology can be applied to the industries traditionally subject to the vagaries of fashion... heightens concern about the whimsical use of this powerful new technology.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • whimsical = playful (determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason)
  • The little picture suggested very happily her melodious and whimsical temperament.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day

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