Definition of fancy in English:

fancy

Pronunciation /ˈfansē/ /ˈfænsi/

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adjectivefancier, fanciest

  • 1Elaborate in structure or decoration.

    ‘the furniture was very fancy’
    • ‘a fancy computerized system’
    ornate, decorated, embellished, adorned, ornamented, fancy, over-elaborate, fussy, busy, ostentatious, extravagant, showy, baroque, rococo, florid, wedding-cake, gingerbread
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    1. 1.1Sophisticated or expensive in a way that is intended to impress.
      • ‘fancy hotels and restaurants’
      elaborate, ornate, ornamented, ornamental, decorated, decorative, adorned, embellished, intricate, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy
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    2. 1.2North American (especially of foodstuffs) of high quality.
      • ‘fancy molasses’
      luxurious, lavish, extravagant, rich, grand, sybaritic, hedonistic, opulent
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    3. 1.3(of a flower) of two or more colors.
      • ‘all pelargoniums, from scented-leaf species to fancy hybrids, thrive in hot sunshine’
    4. 1.4(of an animal) bred to develop particular points of appearance.
      • ‘fancy goldfish’
  • 2archaic (of a drawing, painting, or sculpture) created from the imagination rather than from life.

    • ‘I used to take a seat and busy myself in sketching fancy vignettes’

transitive verbfancies, fancying, fancied

[with object]
  • 1Feel a desire or liking for.

    • ‘do you fancy a drink?’
    wish for, want, desire
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    1. 1.1British informal Find sexually attractive.
      • ‘I really fancy him’
      be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire
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    2. 1.2fancy oneselfBritish informal Have an unduly high opinion of oneself, or of one's ability in a particular area.
      • ‘two lads behind the counter who fancy themselves’
      have a high opinion of oneself, be confident of one's abilities
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  • 2British Regard (a horse, team, or player) as a likely winner.

    • ‘I fancy him to win the tournament’
  • 3Imagine; think.

    with clause ‘he fancied he could smell the perfume of roses’
    • ‘he fancied himself as an amateur psychologist’
    think, imagine, guess, believe, have an idea, suppose
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    1. 3.1British in imperative Used to express surprise at something.
      • ‘fancy meeting all those television actors!’

nounfancies

  • 1A feeling of liking or attraction, typically one that is superficial or transient.

    ‘this does not mean that the law should change with every passing fancy’
    • ‘China's diplomatic machine has spared no effort, making sure that African leaders do not view its interest as a passing fancy.’
    • ‘The wise man, however, spoke of love, not a passing fancy.’
    • ‘As for the embarrassment factor, if your son's love of golf is more than a passing fancy, he'll recover.’
    • ‘In fact, when I am near him I cannot focus at all, so deliriously in love am I. And this is not a passing fancy.’
    • ‘William did not doubt that this was a passing fancy for Clara, she had never kept interest in a man long enough.’
    • ‘This disc was great and I know I'll be playing it non-stop for the next few weeks, but it's also got a staying power that is more than a passing fancy.’
    • ‘In Domingo's view, the operatic boom Spain has suffered has nothing to do with a passing fancy.’
    • ‘If enlightened despotism was a passing fancy, it must also be admitted that not all the philosophes agreed with the virtues of political liberalism either.’
    • ‘If you suspect that the room's theme may be nothing more than a passing fancy, limit purchases to items that are easy to replace or require little investment.’
    • ‘Her parents hoped that skydiving was a passing fancy.’
    • ‘Is it a sign of maturity or simply a passing fancy?’
    • ‘Twenty-five years later, those words sound as absurd as those who asserted that the horseless carriage would be a passing fancy.’
    • ‘At first I thought it was just a passing fancy, but she's come back to talk to me about it several times.’
    • ‘At first it was a passing fancy, but by Christmas he had talked himself into it.’
    • ‘I'm very happy to say his dream was not a passing fancy, as I've now had the privilege of attending the first two gatherings.’
    • ‘Had it all been just a fashion craze, a passing fancy rather than a unique style?’
    • ‘Time will tell whether female-friendly foods are a passing fancy or a market niche that's here to stay.’
    • ‘There are dolls to capture the fancy of people of all ages, and especially the young at heart.’
    • ‘Only real talent endures, and the other stuff is passing fancy.’
    • ‘It would really be a great pity if blogs were to die as yet another passing fancy on the Internet.’
    desire, urge, wish, want
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  • 2The faculty of imagination.

    ‘my research assistant is prone to flights of fancy’
    • ‘Carême excelled at these artistic flights of fancy, which is probably why Bailly gave him the freedom to indulge in his quest for knowledge.’
    • ‘Kon's flights of fancy occur primarily as dream sequences and flashbacks, leaving room for the plot to linearly unfold.’
    • ‘With images that stir such flights of fancy, it's no wonder that Scotland's far-flung locations are a magnet for film-makers.’
    • ‘Dan's quick-witted mind and surreal flights of fancy have delighted both critics and comedy audiences alike.’
    • ‘Synge could have done with an editor to shorten some of his flights of fancy.’
    imagination, imaginative faculty, imaginative power, creativity, creative faculty, creative power, conception, fancifulness, inventiveness, invention, originality, ingenuity, cleverness, wit, artistry
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    1. 2.1A thing that one supposes or imagines, typically an unfounded or tentative belief or idea; notion or whim.
      ‘scientific fads and fancies’
      • ‘Too often, he complicates swell ideas by letting random fancies find their way onto the plate.’
      • ‘Of course we are brought around again to that bogey man of subjectivity where people pick and choose to suit their own fancies with regard to beliefs.’
      • ‘We are not reasonable beings, and naturally expect our fancies to be indulged.’
      • ‘The markets need to be led, not followed, in order to tame speculative market actions and counter herd behavior, fads, and fancies.’
      • ‘It is by these special touches that the author infuses the books with the spirit of humanity, without which a fantasy becomes an empty fancy.’
      • ‘Yuki emerged from her dream of little fancies and looked up.’
      • ‘She talked so much about birth, that, for a moment, I half fancied and with pain - but, what an idle fancy to suppose that she could think or care what mine was!’
      • ‘Luzhin feels that all the dreams and fancies of having Dounia as his wife is in jeopardy because of a unforeseen turn of fortunes.’
      • ‘He considers my idea of priesthood just a fancy.’
      • ‘Aside from sounding like a badly made movie, it's more likely to have happened in the subconscious fancies of your dreams.’
      • ‘The ideas stay more or less the same, but the fancies really move.’
      • ‘Intellectual confusion will continue to encourage the men who are intolerant and who fake their beliefs in the interests of their feelings and fancies.’
      • ‘After years of catering exclusively to the whims and fancies of women, companies have done a turnabout.’
      • ‘This is an issue, which has come up before, but has been inconsistently applied to individuals depending on the personal whims and fancies of Board officials.’
      idea, notion, thought, supposition, opinion, belief, impression, image, understanding, conceptualization
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  • 3(in 16th and 17th century music) a composition for keyboard or strings in free or variation form.

    • ‘Division technique...penetrated nearly all 17th century English instrumental forms, including the venerable polyphonic fancy.’

Phrases

    take someone's fancy
    • Appeal to someone.

      • ‘she'll grab any toy that takes her fancy’
    strike someone's fancy
    North American
    • Appeal to someone.

      ‘experiment with any sauce or vegetable that strikes your fancy’
      • ‘He caught on film whatever took his fancy, but more than the glamorous and opulent face of Europe, it was her ordinary, earthy face that attracted him.’
      • ‘Levin used to have a near daily column where he wrote about whatever took his fancy: politics, opera or whatever.’
      • ‘She just happened to be the one who took his fancy - and even that said something about him.’
      • ‘Most poignantly, Mary recalls a young boy who took her fancy all those years ago and she arranges a reunion with him despite not having spoken together for almost 30 years.’
      • ‘Marks took to sending her poems; one particularly took her fancy, and she made him promise that if she did not live to see his book launch, he would recite it, a promise he was happy to fulfil.’
    take a fancy to
    • Become fond of, especially without an obvious reason.

      ‘she took a fancy to me’
      • ‘It's not my kids I don't trust, it's the other ones, older children who may take a fancy to their bikes, pocket money, trainers etc.’
      • ‘Goodness knows why I should take a fancy to jelly and blancmange.’
      • ‘Henry, the youngest, took a fancy to me, this little baby girl, and I can remember him down on his knees, holding out his hands to me.’
      • ‘The other day a random guy wandered into the library and took a fancy to her,’ Brian said as his lips pressed into a thin line.’
      • ‘The result of Napoleon's troubles was to cast the British and their allies as victors in France and flooded France with considerable foreign armies - many of which took a fancy to the towns and cities they passed through.’
    as the fancy takes one
    • According to one's inclination.

      ‘I shall go where the fancy takes me’
      • ‘Why not take a picnic and stop ‘en route’ where the fancy takes you.’
      • ‘In fairness, I have not been an avid viewer this year, only dipping in and out when the fancy takes me.’
      • ‘Although surrounded by loving family, the independent spirit which has taken Nan across the globe means she is happy to visit the restaurant on her own when the fancy takes her.’
      • ‘You can write your own itinerary, stop any time, or revise the route as the fancy takes you.’
      • ‘You can spell it with one or two, as the fancy takes you, though when it first appeared it had only one.’
      • ‘They are both of them at their happiest when the kitchen door is left wide open so they can wander in and out as the fancy takes them.’
      • ‘It runs within a browser window, numerous hyperlinks make it easy for the curious reader to range around from topic to topic as the fancy takes them, and there is intelligent use of music and video files.’
      • ‘They often also find it difficult to finish what they have started, and tend to flit from one project to another as the fancy takes them.’

Origin

Late Middle English contraction of fantasy.