AskDefine | Define fancy

Dictionary Definition

fancy adj : not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes" [ant: plain]

Noun

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
3 a predisposition to like something; "he had a fondness for whiskey" [syn: fondness, partiality]

Verb

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

  • fant'sy, Phant'sy (both obsolete)

Etymology

Fancy 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.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The imagination; an imagined image.
    The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
  2. A whim.
    I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
  3. Love or amorous attachment.
    He took a fancy to her.
  4. Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
    Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
  5. The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
    He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.

Translations

The imagination; an imagined image
A whim
Love or amorous attachment
Any sport or hobby pursued by a group
The enthusiasts of such a pursuit

Adjective

  1. Decorative.
    This is a fancy shawl.
  2. Of a superior grade.
    This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
  3. Executed with skill.
    He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.
  4. Unnecessarily complicated.
    I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.

Translations

decorative
Of a superior grade
Executed with skill
(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated

Verb

  1. To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
    I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
  2. would like to
    I fancy a burger tonight for dinner
    Do you fancy going to town this weekend?
    Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.
  3. To be sexually attracted to.
    I fancy that girl over there.
  4. To imagine.
    I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey

Synonyms

Translations

To imagine
To be sexually attracted to
would like to

Extensive Definition

Fancy may refer to Vanessa Halpin (see also, Lady)
Fancy may also refer to:
In biology:
In geography:
In literature:
In music:
In television:
  • Fancy Lala, magical girl anime series produced by Studio Pierrot in 1998
  • Richard Fancy, American actor best known for his long recurring role on Seinfeld as the publisher Mr. Lippman
  • Fancy Crane, a fictional character on the soap opera, Passions
In other fields:

See also

fancy in German: Fancy
fancy in Japanese: ファンシー
fancy in Swedish: Fancy

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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