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fancy

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy




fancy

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy

  1. 1 a conception or image created by the imagination and having no objective reality <a writer with a prodigious talent for creating fancies that captivate readers young and old> Synonyms chimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fantasy, figment, hallucination, illusion, nonentity, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream, unreality, visionRelated Words ignis fatuus, mirage, will-o'-the-wisp; brainchild, idea; concoction, fable, fabrication, fiction, invention; envisaging, imaging, visualization; cloud-cuckoo-land, cloudland, Shangri-la, utopia; daymare, nightmareNear Antonyms actuality, fact, reality

  2. 2 a sudden impulsive and apparently unmotivated idea or action <is this a serious interest in music, or just your latest fancy that will be forgotten after a week?> Synonyms bee, caprice, crank, whim, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, notion, vagary, vagrancy, whimsy (also whimsey)Related Words capriciousness, fancifulness, fantasy (also phantasy), freakishness, impetuosity, whimsicality; conceit; concept, conception, image, impression, mind's eye, picture, thought; brainstorm, inspiration

  3. 3 positive regard for something <now that he's rich he's taken a fancy to expensive sports cars> Synonyms appetite, liking, favor, fondness, like, love, love affair, partiality, preference, relish, shine, taste, useRelated Words craving, desire, hankering, longing, thirst, yen; enthusiasm, gusto, interest, passion; bias, prejudice; bent, inclination, leaning, propensity, tendency; tooth; palate; weaknessNear Antonyms apathy, disinclination; indifference, unconcernAntonyms aversion, disfavor, disgust, dislike, distaste, hatred, loathing, mislike

  4. 4 the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others <to fans of Lewis Carroll, the animal creations of his fertile fancy are as real as any creature to be found at the zoo> Synonyms contrivance, creativity, imagination, fantasy (also phantasy), ideation, imaginativeness, invention, inventiveness, originalityRelated Words brainstorm, brainstorming, inspiration; fecundity, fertility; ingenuity, resourcefulness; versatility; chimera, daydream, delusion, dream, figment, hallucination, illusion, mind's eye, mirage, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream; envisaging, visualizationNear Antonyms literality, literalness




fancy

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy

  1. 1 to form a mental picture of <try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India> Synonyms conceit [chiefly dialect], conceive, conjure (up), dream, envisage, envision, imagine, fantasize, fantasy, feature, ideate, image, picture, see, vision, visualizeRelated Words daydream, stargaze; hallucinate; re-create, reflect, relive, reminisce; contemplate, meditate, muse, ponder, ruminate; concoct, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, plan, project; foresee, prefigure

  2. 2 to take pleasure in <the teacher didn't fancy the idea of failing the student, even if he was the class clown> Synonyms adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, get off (on), groove (on), like, love, rejoice (in), relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)Related Words admire, appreciate, cherish, revere, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; devour, drink (in), eat (up), feast (on); dote (on), idolize; cotton (to), favor, prefer; indulge (in), luxuriate (in), wallow (in)Near Antonyms abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe; condemn, despise, scorn





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