fancy adj : not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes" [ant: plain]
1 something many people believe that is false; "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy" [syn: illusion, fantasy, phantasy]
2 fancy was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than imagination
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" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision, project, see, figure, picture, image]
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] [also: fancied, fanciest, fancier]
- fant'sy, Phant'sy (both obsolete)
EtymologyFancy arises in late Middle English as a contraction of fantasy. From Old French and Early French fantasie, itself from the Late Latin fantasia, which originated from the Greek Phantazein (phan. to render visible). Related words include diaphanous (transparent), epiphany (manifestation).
The noun Fancy can usually still be replaced with the older word fantasy without any change of meaning.
- Rhymes: -ænsi
- The imagination;
an imagined image.
- The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
- A whim.
- I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
- Love or amorous attachment.
- He took a fancy to her.
- Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
- Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
- The enthusiasts
of such a pursuit.
- He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
The imagination; an imagined image
Love or amorous attachment
- Finnish: ihastus
Any sport or hobby pursued by a group
Of a superior grade
Executed with skill
(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated
- Finnish: hieno
- To appreciate
without jealousy or
- I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
- would like to
- To be sexually
- I fancy that girl over there.
- To imagine.
- I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey
To be sexually attracted to
would like to
Fancy may refer to Vanessa Halpin (see also, Lady)
Fancy may also refer to:
- A Passing Fancy, popular Toronto band from the 1960s
- Fantasia (music), also known as Fancy, a musical composition with its roots in the art of improvisation
- Fancy (singer), German Euro Disco artist who was popular in the mid to late 1980s
- Fancy (song), 1969 song written and sung by Bobbie Gentry, and covered by Reba McEntire
- Fancy (band), a mid-1970s pop group that released two L.P.s
- Nuthin' Fancy, the 3rd album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Plain and Fancy, Broadway musical
- Ryan's Fancy, musical group of the '60s, '70s and '80s
In other fields:
- Fancy cancel, postal cancellation that includes an artistic design
- Fancy Crane, fictional character on NBC's daytime drama, Passions
- Fancy dance, style of dance originally created by members of the Lakota peoples around the turn of the 20th Century
- Fancy Dutch, Pennsylvania Germans who belonged to the Reformed and Lutheran churches
- Fancy Pants, 1950 American comedy movie
- Fancy (Every's pirate ship), the ship commanded by Henry Every during his career as a pirate.
fancy in German: Fancy
fancy in Japanese: ファンシー
fancy in Swedish: Fancy
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