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

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 Severino, who fancies himself the best hitter among the Yankees’ pitchers, playfully mocked Betances earlier on Tuesday and then handled the bat competently in the game. New York Times, "The Yankees Find Reasons to Smile, Even Beyond Getting a Win," 26 June 2018 Easels and canvases were set up in the council room for anyone from the community who fancied themselves an artist. Ruth Sowby Rands, latimes.com, "On the Town: Assistance League celebrates 75 years of service to the community," 22 May 2018 England will still fancy their chances, especially if the pace of Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and others can stretch the game and pressure Croatian midfielders and defenders into mistakes. Jamie Spencer, Pro Soccer USA, "World Cup preview Croatia vs England: Head to Head, Team News, Prediction & More," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Nothing fancy: Caesar salad draped with anchovies; spaghetti in a thick meat ragu. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "What She’s Having: Get yourself to Trattoria Nina. You can thank me later.," 12 Mar. 2018 Lavender in spring and terra-cotta in fall — whatever suits your fancy. Julia Reed, House Beautiful, "How to Decorate When Your Kids Grow Up," 2 May 2015 This dissonance between fact and fancy was made clear earlier this week. NBC News, "North Korea shatters Trump's boastful assurances of an easy path to denuclearization," 7 July 2018 Cajal imbued his drawings with vigor and fancy, employing a fluid hand, attunement to composition, and a twinkle in his eye. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 In their stead stood a leggy bay colt, Count Fleet, who would catch the public’s fancy and offer an escape, however brief, from the perils of the day. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "75 years ago, Count Fleet was a true sports hero — and Triple Crown winner," 19 May 2018 The phrase opens some wiggle room between reality and fancy. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Laurie Nye paints her way to Venus. You can join the ride," 16 May 2018 Are wheels with a special finish or fancy spokes right for you? Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Pothole damage? Choosing the right tire and wheel can protect you," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nothing fancy or luxury, just styles so mainstream as to be almost vernacular. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Into the Wild With Kanye West," 25 June 2018 Nothing fancy, nothing pretentious, nothing complicated. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Moose and the Royals' rare pace, Chiefs' draft, and one more Bud Lathrop story | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 The price tag on working gillnetters can be as low as ten grand for an out-of-repair fiberglass Rawson or as much as $400,000 for a fancy new aluminum drift boat with full refrigeration. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 In reality, José Ignacio is simultaneously more bohemian and more fancy than its Long Island counterpart. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Alan Faena Creates La Vie Bohème in José Ignacio, Uruguay," 18 June 2018 And, if none of these suit your fancy, there's always, always, Golden Girls. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Good News: These Shows Are Even Better Than Roseanne," 30 May 2018 But if these don’t suit your fancy, click here to see a list of all the deals Best Buy is currently offering. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "5 Best Tech Deals from Today's Best Buy Flash Sale," 30 Apr. 2018 William and Kate rode in an extremely fancy, open-top 1902 Imperial State Landau carriage from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace following their ceremony. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "How Will Prince William and Prince Harry’s Weddings Be Different?," 30 Apr. 2018 The event execs had planned accordingly — each seat was topped with a snack box featuring fancy finger sandwiches and Laduree macarons. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Mission Impossible — Fallout' Cast on How Paris Inspired the Latest Action-Packed Installment," 13 July 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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