Definition of Fancy in English :

Define Fancy in English

Fancy meaning in English

Meaning of Fancy in English

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see synonyms of fancy


1. fancy, fantasy, illusion, phantasy

something many people believe that is false

Example Sentences:
'they have the illusion that I am very wealthy'

2. fancy

a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination

3. fancy, fondness, partiality

a predisposition to like something

Example Sentences:
'he had a fondness for whiskey'


4. envision, fancy, figure, image, picture, project, see, visualise, visualize

imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

Example Sentences:
'I can't see him on horseback!'
'I can see what will happen'
'I can see a risk in this strategy'

5. fancy, go for, take to

have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

Example Sentences:
'She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window'


WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of fancy
adjective -cier or -ciest
not plain; ornamented or decorative
a fancy cake
fancy clothes
requiring skill to perform; intricate
a fancy dance routine
arising in the imagination; capricious or illusory
(often used ironically) superior in quality or impressive
a fancy course in business administration
higher than expected
fancy prices
(of a domestic animal) bred for particular qualities
noun plural -cies
a sudden capricious idea; whim
a sudden or irrational liking for a person or thing
the power to conceive and represent decorative and novel imagery, esp in poetry. Fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
imagination (sense 4)
an idea or thing produced by this
a mental image
taste or judgment, as in art of dress
13. Also called: fantasy, fantasia music
a composition for solo lute, keyboard, etc, current during the 16th and 17th centuries
14.  the fancy
verb -cies, -cying or -cied (transitive)
to picture in the imagination
to suppose; imagine
I fancy it will rain
17. (often used with a negative)
to like
I don't fancy your chances!
18. (reflexive)
to have a high or ill-founded opinion of oneself
he fancied himself as a doctor
19. informal
to have a wish for; desire
she fancied some chocolate
20. British informal
to be physically attracted to (another person)
to breed (animals) for particular characteristics
22. Also: fancy that!
an exclamation of surprise or disbelief

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see synonyms of fancy
nounWord forms: plural ˈfancies
imagination, now esp. light, playful, or whimsical imagination
illusion or delusion
a mental image
an arbitrary idea; notion; caprice; whim
an inclination, liking, or fondness, often transient
to take a fancy to someone
6.  Rare
critical taste or judgment in art, dress, etc.
adjectiveWord forms: ˈfancier or ˈfanciest
based on fancy; capricious; whimsical; fanciful
higher than real value; extravagant
a fancy price
made or added to please the fancy; ornamental; decorated; not plain; elaborate
a fancy necktie
of superior skill; intricate and difficult
fancy diving
of superior quality, and therefore more expensive
canned goods graded fancy
bred for some special feature or excellence of type
said of animals
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈfancied or ˈfancying
to form an idea of; imagine
to have a liking for; be fond of
to fancy rich desserts
to believe something without being sure; suppose
they are, I fancy, still friends

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of fancy
adj. fan·ci·er, fan·ci·est
a. Highly decorated: a fancy hat.
b. Complex or intricate: the fancy footwork of a figure skater.
a. Elegantly fashionable or sophisticated: a fancy restaurant; a fancy way of asking for a loan.
b. Of superior grade; fine: fancy preserves.
3. Excessive or exorbitant: paid a fancy price for the car.
4. Bred for unusual qualities or special points.
n. pl. fan·cies
1. The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
2. Something imagined or invented by the mind: "As the fancies that kept crowding in upon him only made him more excited, he got out of bed and tried to think." (Sherwood Anderson).
a. A capricious liking or inclination: I have a fancy for a glass of wine.
b. A romantic liking or interest: She's taken a fancy to you.
a. The enthusiasts or fans of a sport or pursuit considered as a group.
b. The sport or pursuit, such as boxing, engaging the interest of such a group.
tr.v. fan·cied, fan·cy·ing, fan·cies
a. To have a liking or enthusiasm for: fancies sports cars.
b. To have a desire or inclination for: Would you fancy a cup of coffee?
c. To take a romantic interest in (someone): Do you think he fancies her?
2. To imagine or suppose: "I fancy she is an exceedingly proud woman" (Jane Austen).

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