Definition of fanciful
1 : marked by fancy or unrestrained imagination rather than by reason and experience a fanciful person a fanciful tale of a monster in the woods
2 : existing in fancy (see 2fancy) only a fanciful notion the falsehoods about some fanciful secret treaties — F. D. Roosevelt
3 : marked by or as if by fancy or whim gave their children fanciful names
fancifullyplay \ˈfan(t)-si-f(ə-)lē\ adverb
fancifulnessplay \ˈfan(t)-si-fəl-nəs\ noun
Examples of fanciful in a Sentence
a fanciful tale of a monster in the woods
They gave all their children fanciful names.
Recent Examples of fanciful from the Web
And so, fanciful paintings of Tenakee life abound, an incredible gift for our little community.
Stories are fanciful tales woven at bedtime, the plots of melodramatic soap operas.
The Detroit edition was added by Tom Nardone, a businessman known locally for a variety of fanciful and philanthropic pursuits such as founding a lawnmower gang that cleans up city parks pro bono.
Drivers’ fanciful dreams of an investigative team getting to the bottom of each fender-bender are quickly disabused.
The notion that CREW’s emoluments lawsuit would lead to impeachment seemed fanciful even to Teachout.
She’s also adept at weaving fanciful tales that continually reset the story — Sirens!
But of course mere plot summary hardly does justice to Fitzgerald’s gift for milking a fanciful gag, charmingly, unto a length of 5,000 words or so.
The fanciful twists of this romantic roundelay by the Argentinean director Matías Piñeiro keep the Shakespearean promise of the title.
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First Known Use of fanciful
Synonym Discussion of fanciful
FANCIFUL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fanciful for English Language Learners
: coming from the imagination
: showing imagination : unusual and appealing
FANCIFUL Defined for Kids
Definition of fanciful for Students
1 : showing free use of the imagination a fanciful tale
2 : coming from imagination rather than reason He dreamed up a fanciful plan for getting rich.
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