Definition of Fancy

1. Noun. Something many people believe that is false. "They have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

Exact synonyms: Fantasy, Illusion, Phantasy
Generic synonyms: Misconception
Specialized synonyms: Bubble, Ignis Fatuus, Will-o'-the-wisp, Wishful Thinking
Derivative terms: Fantasize, Fantasy, Illusional, Illusory

2. Verb. Imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind. "Did he fancy his major works over a short period of time?"; "I can see a risk in this strategy"

3. Adjective. Not plain; decorative or ornamented. "Fancy clothes"

4. Noun. A kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination.
Generic synonyms: Imagination, Imaginativeness, Vision

5. Verb. Have a fancy or particular liking or desire for. "They fancy more bread"; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"
Exact synonyms: Go For, Take To
Entails: Like
Generic synonyms: Desire, Want
Derivative terms: Fancier

6. Noun. A predisposition to like something. "He had a fondness for whiskey"
Exact synonyms: Fondness, Partiality
Generic synonyms: Liking
Derivative terms: Fond

Definition of Fancy

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof.

3. v. t. To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.

4. a. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods.

Definition of Fancy

1. Noun. The imagination; an imagined image. ¹

2. Noun. A whim. ¹

3. Noun. Love or amorous attachment. ¹

4. Noun. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group. ¹

5. Noun. The enthusiasts of such a pursuit. ¹

6. Noun. A diamond with a distinctive colour. ¹

7. Adjective. Decorative. ¹

8. Adjective. Of a superior grade. ¹

9. Adjective. Executed with skill. ¹

10. Adjective. (colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated. ¹

11. Verb. (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed. ¹

12. Verb. (British) would like ¹

13. Verb. (British informal) To be sexually attracted to. ¹

14. Verb. (dated) To imagine, suppose. ¹

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Definition of Fancy

1. ornamental [adj -CIER, -CIEST] : FANCILY [adv] / to take a liking to [v -CIED, -CYING, -CIES]

Medical Definition of Fancy

1. 1. Adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods. 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." (Macaulay) 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 colours, patterns, etc, as ribbons, silks, laces, etc, in distinction from those of a simple or plain colour or make. Fancy line, 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fancy

fancy-dress ball
fancy dress
fancy goods
fancy man
fancy pants
fancy that
fancy up
fancy woman

Literary usage of Fancy

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer (1796)
"... each according to his fancy, to cultivate and the life of Pope, ... travelling through a country unin- " habited, where the fancy is entertained with a ..."

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