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SAT vocabulary: whimsical

What does whimsical mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word whimsical

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whimsical most nearly means

(A) fruitful
(B) tempting
(C) esteemed
(D) drenched
(E) fanciful

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Now let’s learn about the word whimsical.

Part of Speech of whimsical

whimsical is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation whimsical

Here’s how to pronounce whimsical:

IPA: /ˈwɪm.zɪ.kəl/

Glossary-style: [WIHM-zih-kuhl]

Definition of whimsical

whimsical means: impulsive, unpredictable, illogical, or capricious in character or action (Ex: it was whimsical to jump into the pool fully clothed).

Explain more about whimsical, please

whimsical means unpredicable in a way that is often interesting or entertaining. For example, the Through the Looking-Glass (popularly known in America as “Alice in Wonderland”) stories could be considered whimsical because the characters and events of the stories are so unusual. To name one: there’s the Cheshire Cat, who slowly disappears almost entirely except for its grin.

Example of whimsical

Here’s the word whimsical used in a sentence:

Whimsical by nature, Dana surprised none who knew him when he jumped into the pool with all his clothes on simply because (as he later explained) “the water was so enticing!”

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