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
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 fancySee More
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Ever fancied the idea of playing god… with a tree?—Cristian Esteban, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 Reports are that Rupert Murdoch fancies Youngkin, as does former Attorney General Bill Barr.—Norman J. Ornstein, The New Republic, 31 Oct. 2023 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had always fancied himself his country’s Churchill and kept a framed portrait of Britain’s wartime leader near his desk, next to one of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism.—David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 To anyone reading this who fancies a career as a showrunner, don’t do it that way!—Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 5 Oct. 2023 With nobody fancying his chances, Mikey places a hefty bet on himself with a neighborhood bookie.—Guy Lodge, Variety, 23 Sep. 2023 From May 15 to May 21, those fancying chicken could take advantage of a one-time deal to order a free crispy chicken sandwich or a crispy chicken BLT with a $10 in-app purchase.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 And what about the passengers starting a riot at the luggage claim area or the folks who fancy themselves the line police?—Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 America likes to fancy itself the land of second chances.—Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023
These ironies circle a more fundamental tension between the boots’ function and their fancy.—Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Serve it over spaghetti, in a tortilla with eggs and more condiments, over cornbread or, well, however else suits your fancy.—Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2023 The Dijon elevates the flavor to somewhere near fancy, while the Siracha chili sauce adds the kick that every dinner guest craves.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Aug. 2023 After it’s cooked, a quick flip reveals the meat, which is then layered with cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and any other burger toppings that meet your fancy.—Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2023 The aristocratic poet in colonial England whose childlike fancy guides his centuries-long adventure (time passes in the novel but Orlando, the character, doesn’t age) represented trans people before a vocabulary around the identity became more established.—Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Oct. 2023 Set everything out, and everybody can fix the tacos with whatever takes their fancy.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Oct. 2023 Given to one’s date before the dance, a mum is essentially a giant, over-the-top corsage featuring lots of ribbon, glitter and whatever else strikes your fancy at the local craft store.—Sasha Richie, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 If that feeling describes you right now, Netflix has a new movie that will totally strike your fancy (while also providing some super beautiful scenic shots for you to ooh and aah over).—Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 31 July 2023
If Fincher has since gotten too fancy with his choice of material, there’s always the possibility of that flash returning.—Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2023 If the culture and fancy office aren’t enough for some workers, there are also financial perks that seem to be getting rarer for the rest of the nation’s workforce.—Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The acts recreated the mood of the song’s music video, donning fancy outfits and surrounding themselves with musicians in tuxedos and women in red dresses.—Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 17 Nov. 2023 Behind its fancy screens, Hernández’s set is wide, shallow, and mostly bare, and Meryl’s epic tale is fashioned out of scrappy items from the acting class — folding chairs and gaffer tape.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 16 Nov. 2023 The dazzling lot features a rare pair of fancy vivid orange-yellow diamonds of 12.20 and 11.96 carats, alongside oval and marquise brilliant-cut diamonds.—Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 Appreciate The Glitz Of Third Street South Just a few blocks away from downtown, stroll past the colorful cottages and mansions in the fancy Third Street South neighborhood and shopping district.—Kara Franker, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 And despite the fancy names, each recipe is easy enough for beginners and wraps up in about 30 minutes, all without compromising on flavor.—Shanna Shipin, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 Along with a slew of other fancy five-star ingredients, like ceramides, resveratrol, truffle extracts, platinum extracts, and pea proteins, this creamy treatment can be used as a pre-conditioner or post-shampoo rinse-off that promotes shine and strength.—Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 9 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English fantasien, fantesien, fancyen "to plan, devise, create, form (an idea), imagine (something false), desire," in part derivative of fantasie, fantsy, fansey fancy entry 2, in part borrowed from Middle French fantasier "to imagine, invent," verbal derivative of fantasiefantasy entry 1
Middle English fantasie, fantsy, fansey "the imagination as a faculty, mental image produced by this faculty, deluded notion, figment of the imagination, preference directed by caprice rather than reason, liking" — more at fantasy entry 1
The disyllabic form, a rare variant of fantasiefantasy entry 1 in Middle English, became more common and began to separate in sense from fantasie/fantasy in early Modern English.