Fancy meaning

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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.

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The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
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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.

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To imagine or suppose.
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Excessive or exorbitant.

Paid a fancy price for the car.

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Something imagined or invented by the mind.
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An inclination, liking, or fondness, often transient.

To take a fancy to someone.

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(rare) Critical taste or judgment in art, dress, etc.
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An image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea.
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Bred for unusual qualities or special points.
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To imagine or suppose.
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Excessive or exorbitant.

Paid a fancy price for the car.

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Bred for unusual qualities or special points.
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The mental faculty through which whims, visions, and fantasies are summoned up; imagination, especially of a whimsical or fantastic nature.
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Imagination, now esp. light, playful, or whimsical imagination.
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Illusion or delusion.
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A mental image.
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An arbitrary idea; notion; caprice; whim.
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Based on fancy; capricious; whimsical; fanciful.
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Higher than real value; extravagant.

A fancy price.

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Made or added to please the fancy; ornamental; decorated; not plain; elaborate.

A fancy necktie.

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Of superior skill; intricate and difficult.

Fancy diving.

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Of superior quality, and therefore more expensive.

Canned goods graded fancy.

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Bred for some special feature or excellence of type.
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To form an idea of; imagine.
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To have a liking for; be fond of.

To fancy rich desserts.

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To believe something without being sure; suppose.

They are, I fancy, still friends.

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An opinion or notion formed without much reflection; an impression.
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A whim.

I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.

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He took a fancy to her.

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The object of inclination or liking.
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Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

Trainspotting is the fancy of a special lot.

The cat fancy.

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The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.

He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.

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A diamond with a distinctive colour.
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That which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value.
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In the game of jacks, a style of play involving additional actions (contrasted with plainsies).
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This is a fancy shawl.

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This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.

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He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.

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(colloquial) Unnecessarily complicated.

I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.

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(formal) To appreciate without jealousy or greed.

I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.

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(UK) Would like.

I fancy a burger tonight for dinner.

Do you fancy going to town this weekend?

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(UK, informal) To be sexually attracted to.

I fancy that girl over there.

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(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.

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To form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine.
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To have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners.
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Something imagined or invented by the mind.
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fancy (that)!
  • can you imagine (that)!
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the fancy
  • the enthusiasts of some sport or hobby, esp. boxing
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the fancy

Origin of fancy

  • From Middle English fantsy imagination, fantasy from fantasie fantasy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fantsy imagination, fantasy from fantasie fantasy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, a contraction of fantasy, from Old French fantasie, from Medieval Latin fantasia, from Late Latin phantasia (“an idea, notion, fancy, phantasm”), from Ancient Greek φαντάζω (phantazō, “to render visible”)

    From Wiktionary