Synonyms of fancy in English:

fancy


See definition of fancy

adjective

1‘he is too hard up to buy fancy clothes’

SYNONYMS
elaborate, ornate, ornamented, ornamental, decorated, decorative, adorned, embellished, intricate, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy
ostentatious, showy, flamboyant, gaudy
luxurious, sumptuous, lavish, extravagant, expensive, deluxe, select, superior, high-class, quality, prime
informal flash, flashy, fancy-pants, jazzy, ritzy, glitzy, snazzy, posh, classy, over the top, OTT
British informal swish
ANTONYMS

plain, unobtrusive


verb

1‘I fancied a change of scene’

SYNONYMS
wish for, want, desire
long for, yearn for, crave, have a craving for, have a yearning for, hanker after, hunger for, thirst for, sigh for, pine for, dream of, covet
informal have a yen for, itch for
archaic be desirous of
rare desiderate

2‘she'd fancied him for ages’

SYNONYMS
be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire
lust after, burn for
informal have taken a shine to, have a crush on, have the hots for, be crazy about, be mad about, be wild about, have a thing about, have a pash on, have a soft spot for, be soft on, have eyes for, carry a torch for, go for, lech after, lech over

3‘I fancied that I could see lights to the south’

SYNONYMS
think, imagine, guess, believe, have an idea, suppose
gather, surmise, suspect, conjecture, be of the opinion, be of the view, be under the impression, think it conceivable, think it likely
informal reckon

noun

1‘he was able to indulge his fancy to own a farm’

SYNONYMS
desire, urge, wish, want
inclination, bent
whim, impulse, caprice, notion, whimsy, eccentricity, peculiarity, quirk, kink
preference, fondness, liking, partiality, predilection, predisposition, taste, relish, love, humour, penchant
yearning, longing, hankering, craving, pining, ache, hunger, thirst, need
informal yen, itch

2‘they appeal to our wildest fancy rather than our judgement’

SYNONYMS
imagination, imaginative faculty, imaginative power, creativity, creative faculty, creative power, conception, fancifulness, inventiveness, invention, originality, ingenuity, cleverness, wit, artistry
images, mental images, visualizations
ANTONYMS

intellect

3‘they had a vague fancy that it was cruel to leave the dolls in the dark’

SYNONYMS
idea, notion, thought, supposition, opinion, belief, impression, image, understanding, conceptualization
feeling, suspicion, sneaking suspicion, hunch, inkling, intimation
illusion, fantasy, dream

Phrases

    take a fancy to

    ‘Joe met this lovely young girl who took a fancy to him’


    SYNONYMS

    fancy, be attracted to, find attractive, be captivated by, be infatuated with, be taken with, desire

    lust after, burn for

    informal

    have taken a shine to, have a crush on, have the hots for, be crazy about, be mad about, be wild about, have a thing about, have a pash on, have a soft spot for, be soft on, have eyes for, carry a torch for, go for, lech after, lech over

    fancy oneself

    ‘a couple of lads who fancy themselves’


    SYNONYMS
    British

    have a high opinion of oneself, be confident of one's abilities

    think one is the cat's pyjamas, think one is the cat's whiskers, think one is God's gift, think one is God's gift to women

    British

    reckon oneself

    ANTONYMS

    be modest