This child's fancy is that she is queen.
- The definition of fancy is someone or something that is extravagant, elaborate, extremely skillful or graded as extremely high quality.
- An example of fancy is Zsa Zsa Gabor's fashion sense.
- An example of fancy is Gene Kelly's dance skills.
- An example of fancy are canned fruits of superior size and appearance.
- Fancy is defined as a whim, a mental image or a playful imagination.
An example of fancy is a child imagining herself a queen and pretending her family members are her royal subjects.
- imagination, now esp. light, playful, or whimsical imagination
- illusion or delusion
- a mental image
- an arbitrary idea; notion; caprice; whim
- an inclination, liking, or fondness, often transient: to take a fancy to someone
- Rare critical taste or judgment in art, dress, etc.
Origin of fancyMiddle English fantsy, contr. from fantasie: see fantasy
- based on fancy; capricious; whimsical; fanciful
- higher than real value; extravagant: a fancy price
- made or added to please the fancy; ornamental; decorated; not plain; elaborate: a fancy necktie
- of superior skill; intricate and difficult: fancy diving
- of superior quality, and therefore more expensive: canned goods graded fancy
- bred for some special feature or excellence of type: said of animals
transitive verb-·cied, -·cy·ing
- to form an idea of; imagine
- to have a liking for; be fond of: to fancy rich desserts
- to believe something without being sure; suppose: they are, I fancy, still friends
- a. Highly decorated: a fancy hat.b. Complex or intricate: the fancy footwork of a figure skater.
- a. Elegantly fashionable or sophisticated: a fancy restaurant; a fancy way of asking for a loan.b. Of superior grade; fine: fancy preserves.
- Excessive or exorbitant: paid a fancy price for the car.
- Bred for unusual qualities or special points.
- The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
- Something imagined or invented by the mind: “As the fancies that kept crowding in upon him only made him more excited, he got out of bed and tried to think.” ( Sherwood Anderson )
- a. A capricious liking or inclination: I have a fancy for a glass of wine.b. A romantic liking or interest: She's taken a fancy to you.
- a. The enthusiasts or fans of a sport or pursuit considered as a group.b. The sport or pursuit, such as boxing, engaging the interest of such a group.
transitive verbfan·cied, fan·cy·ing, fan·cies
- a. To have a liking or enthusiasm for: fancies sports cars.b. To have a desire or inclination for: Would you fancy a cup of coffee?c. To take a romantic interest in (someone): Do you think he fancies her?
- To imagine or suppose: “I fancy she is an exceedingly proud woman” ( Jane Austen )
Origin of fancyFrom Middle English fantsy imagination, fantasy from fantasie ; see fantasy .
- The imagination.
- An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
- An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
- A whim.
- I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
- Love or amorous attachment.
- He took a fancy to her.
- The object of inclination or liking.
- Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
- Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.
- the cat fancy
- The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
- He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
- A diamond with a distinctive colour.
- That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
- In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).
(comparative fancier, superlative fanciest)
(third-person singular simple present fancies, present participle fancying, simple past and past participle fancied)
- (formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
- I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
- (UK) would like
- (UK, informal) To be sexually attracted to.
- I fancy that girl over there.
- (dated) To imagine, suppose.
- I fancy you'll want something to drink after your long journey.
- Fancy meeting you here!
- Fancy that! I saw Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kissing in the garden.
- To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
- To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.