Part of speech: adjective
Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic
Impulsive and unpredictable
Visionary but impractical
Examples of Quixotic in a sentence
"His idea to save the planet was admirable but quixotic."
"We were hoping for practical strategies but got nothing but quixotic and grand ideas."
Don Quixote is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature, but it caused a fair bit of confusion when it was first released in the early 17th century. None could agree whether it was a straightforward comedic novel, a commentary on societal pressures, or a tragedy about the dangers of idealism. Many experts still don't agree.
Did you Know?
The word quixotic comes from the ambitious and head-in-the-clouds character Don Quixote from the legendary Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes.