- An example of fantastic is a three year old telling a story about a pink elephant breaking a window.
- An example of fantastic is a dream trip to Europe.
- existing in the imagination; imaginary; unreal: fantastic terrors
- having a strange or weird appearance; grotesque; odd: fantastic designs
- strange and unusual; extravagant; capricious; eccentric: a fantastic plan
- seemingly impossible; incredible: fantastic progress in science
Origin of fantasticMiddle English fantastik from Old French fantastique from Medieval Latin fantasticus from Late Latin phantasticus from Classical Greek phantastikos, able to present or represent to the mind from phantazein, to make visible from phainein, to show: see fantasy
- a. Based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal: fantastic mythological creatures; the fantastic realms of science fiction.b. Strange or fanciful in form, conception, or appearance: “The fire assumed fantastic shapes as he watched” ( Ward Just )
- a. Unrealistic; irrational: “the early jubilant years of the Restoration with their fantastic hopes of a Golden Age and incorruptible power” ( Janet Todd )b. Exceedingly great in size or degree; extravagant: a fantastic sum of money.
- Wonderful or superb; remarkable: a fantastic trip to Europe.
Origin of fantasticMiddle English fantastik imagined from Old French fantastique from Late Latin phantasticus imaginary from Greek phantastikos able to create mental images from phantazesthai to appear ; see fantasy .
(comparative more fantastic, superlative most fantastic)
- Existing in or constructed from fantasy; of or relating to fantasy; fanciful.
- He told fantastic stories of dragons and goblins.
- His fantastic post-college plans had all collapsed within a year of graduation.
- She had a fantastic view of her own importance that none of her colleagues shared.
- Not believable; implausible; seemingly only possible in fantasy.
- The events were so fantastic that only the tabloids were willing to print them.
- She entered the lab and stood gaping for a good ten minutes at the fantastic machinery at work all around her.
- Resembling fantasies in irregularity, caprice, or eccentricity; irregular; grotesque.
- Wonderful; marvelous; excellent; extraordinarily good or great (used especially as an intensifier).
- "I had a simply fantastic vacation, and I can't wait to tell you all about it!"
From Middle French fantastique