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fancy

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy

  1. 1 made or done with great care or with much detail we're having a little get-together after the concert—nothing fancy Synonyms of fancy complex, complicated, detailed, elaborate, intricate, involved, sophisticatedWords Related to fancy elegant, exquisite, grand, magnificent, ornate, splendid; chichi, extravagant, exuberant, fancified, flamboyant, frilly, gimmicked (up), grandiose, ostentatious, overwrought, showy, souped-up; Byzantine, convoluted, involute, involuted, labyrinthian, labyrinthineNear Antonyms of fancy modest, plain, plain-Jane, plain-vanilla, uncomplicated; bald, bare, naked, unadorned, undecorated, unvarnishedAntonyms of fancy no-frills, simple, unfancy, unsophisticated

  2. 2 going beyond a normal or acceptable limit in degree or amount would rather go without than pay the hotel bar's fancy prices Synonyms of fancy baroque, devilish, exorbitant, extravagant, extreme, excessive, immoderate, inordinate, insane, intolerable, lavish, overdue, overextravagant, overmuch, overweening, plethoric, steep, stiff, towering, unconscionable, undue, unmercifulWords Related to fancy boundless, endless, immeasurable, infinite, limitless; unbearable, unjustifiable, unwarranted; improper, inappropriate, thick, unseemly; unrestrainedNear Antonyms of fancy deficient, inadequate, insufficient; minimal, minimumAntonyms of fancy middling, moderate, modest, reasonable, temperate


fancy

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy

  1. 1 a conception or image created by the imagination and having no objective reality a writer with a prodigious talent for creating fancies that captivate readers young and old Synonyms of fancy chimera, conceit, daydream, delusion, dream, fantasy, figment, hallucination, illusion, nonentity, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream, unreality, visionWords Related to fancy ignis fatuus, mirage, will-o'-the-wisp; brainchild, idea; concoction, fable, fabrication, fiction, invention; envisaging, imaging, visualization; cloud-cuckoo-land, cloudland, Shangri-la, utopia; daymare, nightmareNear Antonyms of fancy actuality, fact, reality

  2. 2 a sudden impulsive and apparently unmotivated idea or action is this a serious interest in music, or just your latest fancy that will be forgotten after a week? Synonyms of fancy bee, caprice, crank, whim, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, notion, vagary, vagrancy, whimsy (also whimsey)Words Related to fancy capriciousness, fancifulness, fantasy (also phantasy), freakishness, impetuosity, whimsicality; conceit; concept, conception, image, impression, mind's eye, picture, thought; brainstorm, inspiration

  3. 3 positive regard for something now that he's rich he's taken a fancy to expensive sports cars Synonyms of fancy appetite, liking, favor, fondness, like, love, love affair, partiality, preference, relish, shine, taste, useWords Related to fancy craving, desire, hankering, longing, thirst, yen; enthusiasm, gusto, interest, passion; bias, prejudice; bent, inclination, leaning, propensity, tendency; tooth; palate; weaknessNear Antonyms of fancy apathy, disinclination; indifference, unconcernAntonyms of fancy aversion, disfavor, disgust, dislike, distaste, hatred, loathing, mislike

  4. 4 the ability to form mental images of things that either are not physically present or have never been conceived or created by others to fans of Lewis Carroll, the animal creations of his fertile fancy are as real as any creature to be found at the zoo Synonyms of fancy contrivance, creativity, imagination, fantasy (also phantasy), ideation, imaginativeness, invention, inventiveness, originalityWords Related to fancy brainstorm, brainstorming, inspiration; fecundity, fertility; ingenuity, resourcefulness; versatility; chimera, daydream, delusion, dream, figment, hallucination, illusion, mind's eye, mirage, phantasm (also fantasm), pipe dream; envisaging, visualizationNear Antonyms of fancy literality, literalness


fancy

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fancy

  1. 1 to form a mental picture of try to fancy, if you can, our mother on an elephant when she was touring India Synonyms of fancy conceit [chiefly dialect], conceive, conjure (up), dream, envisage, envision, imagine, fantasize, fantasy, feature, ideate, image, picture, see, vision, visualizeWords Related to fancy daydream, stargaze; hallucinate; re-create, reflect, relive, reminisce; contemplate, meditate, muse, ponder, ruminate; concoct, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, plan, project; foresee, prefigure

  2. 2 to take pleasure in the teacher didn't fancy the idea of failing the student, even if he was the class clown Synonyms of fancy adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, get off (on), groove (on), like, love, rejoice (in), relish, revel (in), savor (also savour)Words Related to fancy admire, appreciate, cherish, revere, venerate, worship; prize, treasure, value; devour, drink (in), eat (up), feast (on); dote (on), idolize; cotton (to), favor, prefer; indulge (in), luxuriate (in), wallow (in)Near Antonyms of fancy abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe; condemn, despise, scorn

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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