fancy [fancy fancies fancied fancying fancier fanciest] verb, noun, adjective BrE [ˈfænsi]
NAmE [ˈfænsi]
verb (fan·cies, fancy·ing, fan·cied, fan·cied)
1. transitive (BrE, informal) to want sth or want to do sth
Syn: feel like
~ sth Fancy a drink?
I fancied a change of scene.
She didn't fancy (= did not like) the idea of going home in the dark.
~ doing sth Do you fancy going out this evening?
2. transitive ~ sb (BrE, informal) to be sexually attracted to sb
I think she fancies me.
3. transitive ~ yourself (BrE, informal, disapproving) to think that you are very popular, attractive or intelligent
He started to chat to me and I could tell that he really fancied himself.
4. transitive (BrE) to like the idea of being sth or to believe, often wrongly, that you are sth
~ yourself (as) sth She fancies herself (as) a serious actress.
~ yourself + adv./prep. He fancied himself in love with me, the silly boy.
5. intransitive, transitive Fancy! (BrE, informal, becoming old-fashioned) used to show that you are surprised or shocked by sth
Fancy! She's never been in a plane before.
~ doing sth Fancy meeting you here!
~ sth ‘She remembered my name after all those years.’ ‘ Fancy that!
6. transitive (BrE) ~ sb/sth to think that sb/sth will win or be successful at sth, especially in a race
Which horse do you fancy in the next race?
He's hoping to get the job but I don't fancy his chances.
7. transitive ~ (that)… (literary) to believe or imagine sth
She fancied (that) she could hear footsteps.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English: contraction of fantasy.
Example Bank:
She didn't fancy the idea of going home in the dark.
Idioms: as the fancy takes you take a fancy to somebody take somebody's fancy
noun (pl. fancies)
1. countable, uncountable something that you imagine; your imagination
Syn: fantasy
night-time fancies that disappear in the morning
a child's wild flights of fancy
2. singular a feeling that you would like to have or to do sth
Syn: whim
She said she wanted a dog but it was only a passing fancy.
3. countable, usually plural (BrE) a small decorated cake
more at tickle sb's fancy at tickle v.
Word Origin:
late Middle English: contraction of fantasy.
Example Bank:
The kitchen was full of fancy gadgets.
We sell a wide range of fancy goods.
adjective (fan·cier, fan·ci·est)
1. unusually complicated, often in an unnecessary way; intended to impress other people
a kitchen full of fancy gadgets
They added a lot of fancy footwork to the dance.
He's always using fancy legal words.
Opp: simple
2. only before noun (especially of small things) with a lot of decorations or bright colours
fancy goods (= things sold as gifts or for decoration)
He was the fanciest dresser in the room.
compare plain
3. (sometimes disapproving) expensive or connected with an expensive way of life
fancy restaurants with fancy prices
Don't come back with any fancy ideas.
4. (NAmE) (of food) of high quality
Word Origin:
late Middle English: contraction of fantasy.
fancy adj. usually before noun
They sell a wide range of fancy goods.
decorative • • ornamental • • elaborate
Opp: plain, Opp: simple
a/an fancy/decorative/ornamental/elaborate design
fancy/decorative packaging

WordNet Dictionary:
1. something many people believe that is false
- they have the illusion that I am very wealthy
Syn: illusion, fantasy, phantasy
2. a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
3. a predisposition to like something
- he had a fondness for whiskey
Syn: fondness, partiality
1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
- I can't see him on horseback!
- I can see what will happen
- I can see a risk in this strategy
2. have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
- She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window
Syn: go for, take to
- fancy handwriting
- fancy clothes
Ant: plain

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.The faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination.
In the soul
Are many lesser faculties, that serve
Reason as chief. Among these fancy next
Her office holds.
2.An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit.
How now, my lord ! why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companoins making ?
3.An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression.
I have always had a fancy that learning might be made a play and recreation to children.
4.Inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking.
To fit your fancies to your father's will.
5.That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
London pride is a pretty fancy for borders.
6.A sort of love song or light impromptu ballad.
The fancy
all of a class who exhibit and cultivate any peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting characters taken collectively, or any specific class of them, as jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.
At a great book sale in London, which had congregated all the fancy.
v. i.1.To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.
[imp. & p. p. Fancied p. pr. & vb. n. Fancying ( ).]
If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know.
2.To love.
v. t.1.To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
He whom I fancy, but can ne'er express.
2.To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
3.To believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal).
He fancied he was welcome, because those arounde him were his kinsmen.
a.1.Adapted to please the fancy or taste, especially when of high quality or unusually appealing; ornamental; as, fancy goods; fancy clothes.
2.Extravagant; above real value.
This anxiety never degenerated into a monomania, like that which led his [Frederick the Great's] father to pay fancy prices for giants.
Fancy ball
a ball in which porsons appear in fanciful dresses in imitation of the costumes of different persons and nations.
Fancy fair
a fair at which articles of fancy and ornament are sold, generally for some charitable purpose.
Fancy goods
fabrics of various colors, patterns, etc., as ribbons, silks, laces, etc., in distinction from those of a simple or plain color or make.
Fancy line
(Naut.) a line rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff; - used to haul it down.
Fancy roller
(Carding Machine) a clothed cylinder (usually having straight teeth) in front of the doffer.
Fancy stocks
a species of stocks which afford great opportunity for stock gambling, since they have no intrinsic value, and the fluctuations in their prices are artificial.
Fancy store
one where articles of fancy and ornament are sold.
Fancy woods
the more rare and expensive furniture woods, as mahogany, satinwood, rosewood, etc.

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