fanciful

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adjective fan·ci·ful \ˈfan(t)-si-fəl\

Definition of fanciful

  1. 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. 2 :  existing in fancy (see 2fancy) only a fanciful notion the falsehoods about some fanciful secret treaties — F. D. Roosevelt

  3. 3 :  marked by or as if by fancy or whim gave their children fanciful names

fancifully

play \ˈfan(t)-si-f(ə-)lē\ adverb

fancifulness

play \ˈfan(t)-si-fəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of fanciful in a Sentence

  1. a fanciful tale of a monster in the woods

  2. They gave all their children fanciful names.

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First Known Use of fanciful

circa 1627

Synonym Discussion of 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

FANCIFUL Defined for English Language Learners

fanciful

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adjective

Definition of fanciful for English Language Learners

  • : coming from the imagination

  • : showing imagination : unusual and appealing


FANCIFUL Defined for Kids

fanciful

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adjective fan·ci·ful \ˈfan-si-fəl\

Definition of fanciful for Students

  1. 1 :  showing free use of the imagination a fanciful tale

  2. 2 :  coming from imagination rather than reason He dreamed up a fanciful plan for getting rich.

fancifully

\-fə-lē\ adverb


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