I heard the word capricious on the television yesterday when someone was referring to the English weather. Although I wasn’t entirely sure of the exact definition of the word, I quite liked the sound of it.
According to Merriam-Webster online dictionaries, the adjective capricious (which has been in use since 1601) means:
1. Likely to change frequently, suddenly or unexpectedly.
2. Prone to sudden illogical changes of mind, ideas or actions.
The Cambridge online dictionary defines capricious as “changing mood or behaviour suddenly and unexpectedly”. Wictionary defines it as impulsive, unpredictable or determined by chance. It can “describe both a person and the decisions they make”.
Sentences using capricious
- Do you think that the weather is more capricious in England than any other country?
- James had a capricious approach to parenting.
- No one went near him because of his capricious mood.
Although this word is not something that’s been in my vocabulary before today, I feel that I could use it in my writing now.