fancy

verb
fan·​cy | \ˈfan(t)-sē \
fancied; fancying

Definition of fancy 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

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

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

3a : to believe mistakenly or without evidence

b : to believe without being certain she fancied she had met him before real or fancied wrongs

4 : to visualize or interpret as fancied myself a child again

fancy

noun
plural fancies

Definition of fancy (Entry 2 of 3)

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.

2a : notion, whim

b : an image or representation of something formed in the mind

3 archaic : fantastic quality or state

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 : taste, judgment a person of delicate fancy

6a : devotees of some particular art, practice, or amusement

b : the object of interest of such a fancy especially : boxing entry 1

fancy

adjective
fancier; fanciest

Definition of fancy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : dependent or based on fancy : whimsical

2a(1) : not plain : ornamental a fancy hairdo

(2) : swank sense 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 : based on conceptions of the fancy fancy sketches

4a : dealing in fancy goods

b : extravagant paying fancy prices

5 : executed with technical skill and style fancy footwork fancy diving

6 : parti-color fancy carnations

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Other Words from fancy

Adjective

fancily \ ˈfan(t)-​sə-​lē \ adverb
fanciness \ ˈfan(t)-​sē-​nəs \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of fancy in a Sentence

Verb

Which horse do you fancy in the Derby? try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India

Noun

His plans to build a new stadium are the product of pure fancy. Critics have dismissed his plan as mere fancy.

Adjective

He drives a big, fancy car. we're having a little get-together after the concert—nothing fancy
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Luis Enrique, Roberto Martinez, Michel, Rafael Benitez and Quique Sanchez Flores are among the options fancied by bookmakers. SI.com, "Jose Molina Named New RFEF Sporting Director as Spain Prepare to Announce New Coach," 9 July 2018 However, his prospects for starring in Brazil's much fancied side at the World Cup in Russia, which runs from June 14 to July 15, look much better. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Neymar says out of action until at least May 17," 17 Apr. 2018 Before going to a movie, film lovers might fancy some refreshments. George Avalos, latimes.com, "MoviePass plans to track users' locations before and after movies and offer suggestions," 6 Mar. 2018 Brazil will now meet the winners of Monday's later match between Belgium and Japan, but after seeing Argentina, Spain and Portugal eliminated in the last 16, Tite's men will fancy their chances. Justin Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Stylish Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico and into World Cup quarters," 2 July 2018 If Pochettino really fancies acquiring the services of Mina and wants Spurs to force the issue, then the London club might be forced to pay the Colombian's release clause at Barcelona -which currently stands at £88m. SI.com, "Mauricio Pochettino Keen on Signing Colombia World Cup Star After Impressive Performances in Russia," 8 July 2018 Murphy plays the character as a suitably humorless waif, a fair match in zealotry, dumb cunning and cat-fancying sentimentality for the swaggering Padraic. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lieutenant of Inishmore': Theater Review," 5 July 2018 While Getafe sit in eighth and are looking to gain a place in the Europa League after being heavily fancied for relegation at the start of the season. SI.com, "Getafe vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 11 May 2018 These days, however, the image of Cosby, a perpetually smiling dad who fancied colorful knit sweaters, has been replaced with that of a smug old man. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Topless Bill Cosby protester: 'If I had been a little older… that could have been me'," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Gastrograph would not merely suggest that a seltzer be grapefruit flavored, for instance, but how to tweak its floral, fruity, bitter, and sour dimensions to captivate the fancy of Northeastern millennial guys, or German ladies over forty. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Great News Everyone, We’ll Never Have Shared Food Experiences Ever Again," 15 May 2018 The group latches onto anything that catches the omnivorous musical fancy of founder and artistic director David Harrington, and brings it into the orbit of the string quartet world — or better still, goes forth to meet it halfway. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kronos Festival is an eclectic treat," 28 Apr. 2018 The resulting lack of offense put a premium on risky flights of basepath fancy that might secure an all-important run. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "New Glory Days for Slides," 22 June 2018 Chabon seems to understand the delicate nature of handling a child who is testing the waters of what could be a lifelong occupation or a passing fancy. Judd Apatow, New York Times, "Michael Chabon Tries Hard to Be a Good Dad," 30 May 2018 Whether fact and fancy, the intersection of Whitman's grandeur, grandiosity and tenderness is similarly believable. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Walt Whitman's operatic America in 'Crossing' gets its West Coast premiere," 27 May 2018 Irish Pubs brings you roast chicken layered with duck confit (fancy, no?), roast turkey, stuffing and amber beer gravy, deep-fried and drizzled (for a Wisconsin touch) with cranberry reduction. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest's new menu items include bacon cannoli, tater tot poutine and 'walking nachos'," 17 May 2018 Maybe, but in this particular spring, an aging music writer's fancy turns to, who will get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame next year? Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Judas Priest is best bet for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 - and who else? (photos)," 16 Apr. 2018 It’s more about where a pitcher ranks in FIP, WHIP, WAR, BAA, K/BB and ERA+ -- or any other pertinent acronym that suits your fancy. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Celebrating Juan Marichal, who fell below Bartolo Colon in career wins," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The glass globes looked like fancy vases topped by a ventilator finial to keep oxygen feeding the flame inside. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 Tahoe Park has long been the quiet sibling to fancier central Sacramento neighborhoods such as Curtis Park, Land Park and East Sacramento. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Remember the old state fairgrounds? It’s Sacramento’s newest urban housing hot spot," 12 July 2018 For outdoorsy adventures and weekend nature getaways, there’s no need to bring your fanciest bag. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 For all the effort companies put into crafting their strategies, hiring fancy-pants management consultants, and imagining their place in magic quadrants, sometimes a combination of luck and listening to customers is more important. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Celebrating Apple's Lucrative Switcheroo," 11 July 2018 This might be due to the trays being brand new and made of fancy blue plastic. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 One night before, Ledbetter didn’t provide the fancy stats, just energy via hustle and attitude — receiving a technical foul after a brief scuffle with forward Kelan Martin — against the Jazz. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Ledbetter staying true to his formula with Spurs Summer League team," 4 July 2018 Whether hosting a fancy dinner party or covered in piles of junk mail (no judgment), your dining room table should be a reliable home staple that will last your family for years to come. Emily Heller, Curbed, "10 dining room tables under $1,000," 29 June 2018 Hannah’s adoptive father must be very high up in Gilead to have this enormous, fancy summer house. Rena Gross, Billboard, "11 Highlights -- Including Oprah -- From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 11 'Holly'," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of fancy

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fancy

Verb

see fancy entry 2

Noun

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

Adjective

see fancy entry 2

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fancy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fancy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to take pleasure in (something)

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

: to want to have or do (something)

fancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fancy (Entry 2 of 3)

: the feeling of liking someone or something

: the power of the mind to imagine things

: something imagined

fancy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fancy (Entry 3 of 3)

: not plain or ordinary

: very expensive and fashionable

: done with great skill and grace

fancy

adjective
fan·​cy | \ˈfan-sē \
fancier; fanciest

Kids Definition of fancy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : not plain or ordinary a fancy dress

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

3 : done with great skill and grace fancy diving

Other Words from fancy

fancily \ ˈfan-​sə-​lē \ adverb a fancily decorated cake
fanciness \ -​sē-​nəs \ noun

fancy

noun
plural fancies

Kids Definition of fancy (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : imagination sense 1 a flight of fancy

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

3 : idea sense 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

fancy

verb
fancied; fancying

Kids Definition of fancy (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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

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