fancy

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1fan·cy

verb \ˈfan(t)-sē\

: to take pleasure in (something)

: to consider (someone or something) likely to win or succeed

: to want to have or do (something)

fan·ciedfan·cy·ing

Full Definition of FANCY

transitive verb
1
:  to have a fancy for :  like
2
:  to form a conception of :  imagine <fancy our embarrassment>
3
a :  to believe mistakenly or without evidence
b :  to believe without being certain <she fancied she had met him before>
4
:  to visualize or interpret as <fancied myself a child again>

Examples of FANCY

  1. Which horse do you fancy in the Derby?
  2. <try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India>

First Known Use of FANCY

14th century

2fancy

noun

: the feeling of liking someone or something

: the power of the mind to imagine things

: something imagined

plural fancies

Full Definition of FANCY

1
a :  a liking formed by caprice rather than reason :  inclination <took a fancy to the mutt>
b :  amorous fondness :  love
2
a :  notion, whim
b :  an image or representation of something formed in the mind
3
archaic :  fantastic quality or state
4
a :  imagination especially of a capricious or delusive sort
b :  the power of conception and representation used in artistic expression (as by a poet)
5
6
a :  devotees of some particular art, practice, or amusement
b :  the object of interest of such a fancy; especially :  1boxing

Examples of FANCY

  1. His plans to build a new stadium are the product of pure fancy.
  2. Critics have dismissed his plan as mere fancy.

Origin of FANCY

Middle English fantasie, fantsy imagination, image, illusion, preference, from Anglo-French fantasie illusion, from Latin phantasia, from Greek, appearance, imagination, from phantazein to present to the mind (middle voice, to imagine), from phainein to show; akin to Old English gebōned polished, Greek phōs light
First Known Use: 15th century

3fancy

adjective

: not plain or ordinary

: very expensive and fashionable

: done with great skill and grace

fan·ci·erfan·ci·est

Full Definition of FANCY

1
:  dependent or based on fancy :  whimsical
2
a (1) :  not plain :  ornamental <a fancy hairdo> (2) :  swanky 2, posh <a fancy restaurant>
b (1) :  of particular excellence or highest grade <fancy tuna>
(2) :  impressive <posted some fancy numbers>
c of an animal or plant :  bred especially for bizarre or ornamental qualities that lack practical utility
3
:  based on conceptions of the fancy <fancy sketches>
4
a :  dealing in fancy goods
b :  extravagant <paying fancy prices>
5
:  executed with technical skill and style <fancy footwork> <fancy diving>
6
:  parti-color <fancy carnations>
fan·ci·ly \ˈfan(t)-sə-lē\ adverb
fan·ci·ness \-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of FANCY

  1. He drives a big, fancy car.
  2. <we're having a little get-together after the concert—nothing fancy>

First Known Use of FANCY

1646

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