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[kwik-sot-ik] /kwɪkˈsɒt ɪk/

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

“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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