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
The idea that such information would be unearthed by these particular discovery requests is, to put it charitably, fanciful.
The fanciful Curse of the Bambino was in great measure among those players the Curse of the Colonel.
Among the 900 or so objects on display is the large, fanciful 19th-century Great Clock of America.
And so, fanciful paintings of Tenakee life abound, an incredible gift for our little community.
The musical offers a partly biographical, partly fanciful scenario of Barrie overcoming a spell of writer’s block to craft a new play after meeting and befriending four young brothers in a London park.
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.
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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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