WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- [countable] a sudden, unpredictable change.
- [uncountable] a tendency to change one's mind without motive.
ca•pri•cious•ness, n. [uncountable]
- a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
- a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive;
capriciousness:With the caprice of a despotic king, he alternated between kindness and cruelty.
- Music and Dancecapriccio (def. 1).
- Italian; see capriccio
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged vagary, notion, whim, fancy.
- subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim;
erratic:He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
- [Obs.]fanciful or witty.
- Italian capriccioso capriccioso
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged variable, flighty, mercurial. See fickle.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged steady, constant, consistent.