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"Fanciful" is an adjective which is often translated as "fantasioso", and "whimsical" is an adjective which is often translated as "caprichoso". Learn more about the difference between "fanciful" and "whimsical" below.
fanciful
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unrealistic)
a. fantasioso
The children made up some fanciful story about a huge lion.Los niños inventaron un cuento fantasioso de un león enorme.
b. rocambolesco
The plan to run away to Nepal was one of his more fanciful ideas.El plan de escaparse a Nepal fue una de sus ideas más rocambolescas.
2. (elaborate)
a. fantástico
The pages were covered with fanciful illustrations.Las páginas estaban llenas de ilustraciones fantásticas.
b. caprichoso
I was captivated by the fanciful design of the building.Me quedé embelesado con el diseño caprichoso del edificio.
3. (imaginative)
a. imaginativo
Erica is a fanciful writer with a bright future ahead of her.Erica es una escritora imaginativa que tiene mucho futuro por delante.
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whimsical(
wihm
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zuh
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kuhl
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. caprichoso
The whimsical little girl was running about the field singing songs and knocking the heads off flowers.La niña caprichosa correteaba por el campo cantando canciones y cortando las flores de las plantas.
b. enigmático (smile)
"Guess what I've got behind my back!" said the boy with a whimsical smile."¡Adivina qué tengo detrás de la espalda!" dijo el niño con una sonrisa enigmática.
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