AskDefine | Define quixotic

Dictionary Definition

quixotic adj : not sensible about practical matters; unrealistic; "as quixotic as a restoration of medieval knighthood"; "a romantic disregard for money"; "a wild-eyed dream of a world state" [syn: romantic, wild-eyed]

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English

Etymology

The surname of Don Quixote, the titular character in the novel by Miguel Cervantes, + -ic

Pronunciation

  • a RP /kwɪkˈsɒtɪk/, /kwIk"sQtIk/
  • a US , /kwɪkˈsɑtɪk/, /kwIk"sAtIk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk

Adjective

  1. Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.
  2. Impulsive.
  3. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.

Usage notes

Although the term is derived from the name of the character, Don Quixote, the x is fully pronounced; the x in |Don Quixote, by contrast, is pronounced more as an h.

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Extensive Definition

Quixotic can refer to:
  • Quixotic, an adjective deriving from the novel Don Quixote
  • Quixotic, an album by Martina Topley-Bird
  • DJ Quixotic, a Los Angeles-based record producer

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