fan·​cied ˈfan(t)-sēd How to pronounce fancied (audio)
: imagined or believed to be true or real
a fancied resemblance
I can't remember any damn memo of mine at all, but I have the distinct impression that almost all of them were written in anger over real or fancied wrongs …James Thurber
… like the split infinitive and other fancied lapses from verbal rectitude …Kingsley Amis

Examples of fancied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That being said, president Joan Laporta is adamant that Barca will be in a better position to splash out money in the upcoming transfer markets, with Erling Haaland the most fancied reinforcement if his contract really does contain a clause that sets his price tag at $87mn that summer. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The 25-year-old Frost led from start to finish to give trainer Paul Nicholls his 12th success in the race at Kempton Park on the outskirts of London as more fancied contenders fell away. Paul Gittings, CNN, 26 Dec. 2020 Think of the Murph as a fancied up version of Hamilton's good old Khaki Field watch. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023 The researchers first identified eight music loving volunteers who reported consistently experiencing chills of pleasure when listening to their favorite music (most of the subjects were classical music fans, but a few fancied jazz or rock). Eliza Strickland, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2011

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Word History


from past participle of fancy entry 1

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fancied was in 1568

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“Fancied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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