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.
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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