Quixotic



[kwik-sot-ik] /kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk/

adjective
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) resembling or befitting Don Quixote.
2.
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
3.
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
/kwɪkˈsɒtɪk/
adjective
1.
preoccupied with an unrealistically optimistic or chivalrous approach to life; impractically idealistic
adj.

“extravagantly chivalrous,” 1791, from Don Quixote, romantic, impractical hero of Cervantes’ satirical novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” (1605; English translation by 1620). His name literally means “thigh,” also “a cuisse” (a piece of armor for the thigh), in Modern Spanish quijote, from Latin coxa “hip.” Related: Quixotical; quixotically.

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