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fancy

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verb fan·cy \ˈfan(t)-sē\

Definition of fancy

fancied

;

fancying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have a fancy (see 2fancy 1) for :  like <He's all right, I suppose, but I can't say that I fancy him.>

  3. 2 :  to form a conception of :  imagine <fancy our embarrassment> <Just fancy my surprise when I heard that he was getting married.>

  4. 3a :  to believe mistakenly or without evidenceb :  to believe without being certain <she fancied she had met him before> <real or fancied wrongs>

  5. 4 :  to visualize or interpret as <fancied myself a child again>

Examples of fancy in a sentence

  1. Which horse do you fancy in the Derby?

  2. <try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India>

Origin and Etymology of fancy

see 2fancy


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of fancy

think, conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea of. think implies the entrance of an idea into one's mind with or without deliberate consideration or reflection <I just thought of a good joke>. conceive suggests the forming and bringing forth and usually developing of an idea, plan, or design <conceived of a new marketing approach>. imagine stresses a visualization <imagine you're at the beach>. fancy suggests an imagining often unrestrained by reality but spurred by desires <fancied himself a super athlete>. realize stresses a grasping of the significance of what is conceived or imagined <realized the enormity of the task ahead>. envisage and envision imply a conceiving or imagining that is especially clear or detailed <envisaged a totally computerized operation> <envisioned a cure for the disease>.

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fancy

noun fan·cy

Definition of fancy

plural

fancies

  1. 1a :  a liking formed by caprice rather than reason :  inclination <took a fancy to the mutt>b :  amorous fondness :  love <She took a fancy to the young man.>

  2. 2a :  notion, whimb :  an image or representation of something formed in the mind

  3. 3 archaic :  fantastic quality or state

  4. 4a :  imagination especially of a capricious or delusive sort <His plans to build a new stadium are the product of pure fancy.>b :  the power of conception and representation used in artistic expression (as by a poet)

  5. 5 :  taste, judgment <a person of delicate fancy>

  6. 6a :  devotees of some particular art, practice, or amusementb :  the object of interest of such a fancy; especially :  1boxing

Examples of fancy in a sentence

  1. His plans to build a new stadium are the product of pure fancy.

  2. Critics have dismissed his plan as mere fancy.

Origin and Etymology of fancy

Middle English fantasie, fantsy imagination, image, illusion, preference, from Anglo-French fantasie illusion, from Latin phantasia, from Greek, appearance, imagination, from phantazein to present to the mind (middle voice, to imagine), from phainein to show; akin to Old English gebōned polished, Greek phōs light


First Known Use: 15th century


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fancy

adjective fan·cy

Definition of fancy

fancier

;

fanciest

  1. 1 :  dependent or based on fancy :  whimsical

  2. 2a (1) :  not plain :  ornamental <a fancy hairdo> (2) :  swank 2, posh <a fancy restaurant>b (1) :  of particular excellence or highest grade <fancy tuna> (2) :  impressive <posted some fancy numbers>c of an animal or plant :  bred especially for bizarre or ornamental qualities that lack practical utility

  3. 3 :  based on conceptions of the fancy <fancy sketches>

  4. 4a :  dealing in fancy goodsb :  extravagant <paying fancy prices>

  5. 5 :  executed with technical skill and style <fancy footwork> <fancy diving>

  6. 6 :  parti-color <fancy carnations>

fancily

play \ˈfan(t)-sə-lē\ adverb

fanciness

play \ˈfan(t)-sē-nəs\ noun

Examples of fancy in a sentence

  1. He drives a big, fancy car.

  2. <we're having a little get-together after the concert—nothing fancy>

Origin and Etymology of fancy

see 2fancy


First Known Use: 1646



FANCY Defined for English Language Learners

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fancy

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verb fan·cy \ˈfan(t)-sē\

Definition of fancy for English Language Learners

  • : to take pleasure in (something)

  • : to consider (someone or something) likely to win or succeed

  • : to want to have or do (something)


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fancy

noun fan·cy

Definition of fancy for English Language Learners

  • : the feeling of liking someone or something

  • : the power of the mind to imagine things

  • : something imagined


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fancy

adjective fan·cy

Definition of fancy for English Language Learners

  • : not plain or ordinary

  • : very expensive and fashionable

  • : done with great skill and grace


FANCY Defined for Kids

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fancy

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adjective fan·cy \ˈfan-sē\

Definition of fancy for Students

fancier

fanciest

  1. 1 :  not plain or ordinary <a fancy dress>

  2. 2 :  being above the average (as in quality or price) <fancy fruits>

  3. 3 :  done with great skill and grace <fancy diving>

fancily

\ˈfan-sə-lē\ adverb <a fancily decorated cake>

fanciness

\-sē-nəs\ noun

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fancy

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noun fan·cy

Definition of fancy for Students

plural

fancies

  1. 1 :  imagination 1 <a flight of fancy>

  2. 2 :  liking <She took a fancy to her new neighbors.>

  3. 3 :  idea 2, notion <… Oz had a fancy to make the balloon in different shades of the color about them. — L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz>


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fancy

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verb fan·cy

Definition of fancy for Students

fancied

fancying

  1. 1 :  to have a liking for <I've never fancied Halloween.>

  2. 2 :  imagine 1 <I fancied that I would have married him … — Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved>



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