- full of fancy; indulging in fancies; imaginative in a playful way; whimsical
- created in the fancy; imaginary; not real: a fanciful tale
- showing fancy in construction or design; quaint; odd: fanciful costumes
- If you are a terrible singer but harbor a belief that some day you will be an opera star, this is an example of a fanciful dream.
- Embellishments added to a dress that serve no purpose other than decoration are an example of something that would be described as fanciful.
The definition of fanciful is something that is imaginary in a fun way, or is something designed to be for decoration, rather than practical.
- Created in the fancy; imaginary or unreal: a fanciful story.
- Tending to indulge in fancy: a fanciful mind.
- Showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative. See Synonyms at fantastic.
fancy + -ful
- The fanciful writings about the emperor Maximilian I.
- 20-22), and many fanciful fables.
- A fanciful explanation of his lameness is that it alludes to the elegiac couplet, one verse of which is shorter than the other.
- It was too fanciful to look so far ahead when he needed to determine how to prevent his people from starving.
- He held that the Hebrew must be read without points, and his interpretation rested largely on fanciful symbolism.