fan·​ci·​ful | \ ˈfan(t)-si-fəl How to pronounce fanciful (audio) \

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 fancy entry 2) 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

Other Words from fanciful

fancifully \ ˈfan(t)-​si-​f(ə-​)lē How to pronounce fanciful (audio) \ adverb
fancifulness \ ˈfan(t)-​si-​fəl-​nəs How to pronounce fanciful (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for fanciful

imaginary, fanciful, visionary, fantastic, chimerical, quixotic mean unreal or unbelievable. imaginary applies to something which is fictitious and purely the product of one's imagination. an imaginary desert isle fanciful suggests the free play of the imagination. a teller of fanciful stories visionary stresses impracticality or incapability of realization. visionary schemes fantastic implies incredibility or strangeness beyond belief. a fantastic world inhabited by monsters chimerical combines the implication of visionary and fantastic. chimerical dreams of future progress quixotic implies a devotion to romantic or chivalrous ideals unrestrained by ordinary prudence and common sense. a quixotic crusade

Examples of fanciful in a Sentence

a fanciful tale of a monster in the woods They gave all their children fanciful names.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite Hungary’s grim history of its own with Moscow — the crushing of its 1956 revolution with Soviet tanks in the streets — such fears seem fanciful to many supporters of the prime minister. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 And while this may seem fanciful given the camera bump on the iPhone today, rumor has it that the bump will be significantly reduced on the upcoming iPhone 14. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 11 Feb. 2022 At times, this involves chemistry that can feel almost fanciful; the unobtanium of battery tech. Gregory Barber, Wired, 1 Feb. 2022 This may all sound fanciful, but there is money and valid technology behind the idea. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 21 Jan. 2022 Gabriella Bellamy offers a portrait of Frankel, whose realistic depiction is turned fanciful by its full rainbow of colors. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Based on a popular 1958 Paul Gallico novel and directed and co-written by Anthony Fabian, the film is unapologetically fanciful. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2022 Like most concept vehicles intended purely as design studies, the Wildcat contains not only visual cues that will be interpreted for production models but also fanciful ideas that will never see the light of day. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 1 June 2022 Not all the artworks are so fanciful or figurative. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fanciful

circa 1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fanciful

fancy entry 2 + -ful entry 1

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“Fanciful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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fan·​ci·​ful | \ ˈfan-si-fəl How to pronounce fanciful (audio) \

Kids Definition of fanciful

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.

Other Words from fanciful

fancifully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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