What does Fancy mean?
Definitions for Fancy
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Fancy.
illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancynoun
something many people believe that is false
"they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
fondness, fancy, partialityadjective
a predisposition to like something
"he had a fondness for whiskey"
not plain; decorative or ornamented
"fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"
visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, picture, imageverb
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"
fancy, go for, take toverb
have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
"She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"
The imagination; an imagined image.
The film rose from Stephen's fancy.
I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.
Love or amorous attachment.
He took a fancy to her.
Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.
The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.
He fell out of favor with the boxing fancy after the incident.
A diamond with a distinctive colour.
To appreciate without jealousy or greed.
I fancy your new car, but I like my old one just fine.
To be sexually attracted to.
I fancy that girl over there.
To imagine, suppose.
This is a fancy shawl.
Of a superior grade.
This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.
Executed with skill.
He initiated the game winning play with a fancy, deked saucer pass to the winger.
I'm not keen on him and his fancy ideas.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: contracted from phantasy, phantasia, Latin; φαντασία.
William Shakespeare, fancy’s sweetest child! John Milton.
In the soul
Are many lesser faculties, that serve
Reason as chief: among these fancy next
Her office holds; of all external things,
Which the five watchful senses represent,
She forms imaginations, airy shapes,
Which reason joining, or disjoining, frames
All what we affirm, or what deny, and call
Our knowledge, or opinion. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.
Though no evidence affects the fancy so strongly as that of sense, yet there is other evidence, which gives as full satisfaction and as clear a conviction to our reason. Francis Atterbury.
Love is by fancy led about,
From hope to fear, from joy to doubt:
Whom we now a goddess call,
Divinity grac’d in every feature,
Strait’s a deform’d, a perjur’d creature;
Love and hate are fancy all. George Granville.
Mens private fancies must give place to the higher judgment of that church which is in authority over them. Richard Hooker.
A person of a full and ample fortune, who was not disturbed by any fancies in religion. Edward Hyde, b. viii.
I have always had a fancy, that learning might be made a play and recreation to children. John Locke.
The little chapel called the Salutation is very neat, and built with a pretty fancy. Joseph Addison, on Italy.
How now, my lord, why do you keep alone;
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Tell me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?
How begot, how nourished?
It is engender’d in the eyes,
With gazing fed, and fancy dies
In the cradle where it lies. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.
His fancy lay extremely to travelling. Roger L'Estrange.
For you, fair Hermia, look you arm yourself,
To fit your fancies to your father’s will;
Or else the law of Athens yields you up
To death, or to a vow of single life. William Shakespeare.
A resemblance in humour or opinion, a fancy for the same business or diversion, is oftentimes a ground of affection. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.
True worth shall gain me, that it may be said
Desert, not fancy, once a woman led. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.
The sultan of Egypt kept a good correspondence with the Jacobites towards the head of the Nile, for fear they should take a fancy to turn the course of that river. Arbuthnot.
One that was just entring upon a long journey, took up a fancy of putting a trick upon Mercury. Roger L'Estrange.
The altering of the scent, colour, or taste of fruit, by infusing, mixing, or cutting into the bark or root of the tree, herb, or flower, any coloured, aromatical, or medicinal substance, are but fancies: the cause is, for that those things have passed their period, and nourish not. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.
London-pride is a pretty fancy, and does well for borders. John Mortimer, Husbandry.
But he whose noble genius is allow’d,
Who with stretch’d pinions soars above the crowd;
Who mighty thought can clothe with manly dress,
He whom I fancy, but can ne’er express. John Dryden, Juven. Sat.
Ninus both admiring her judgment and valour, together with her person and external beauty, fancied her so strongly, as, neglecting all princely respects, he took her from her husband. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.
It is a little hard that the queen cannot demolish this town in whatever manner she pleaseth to fancy. Jonathan Swift.
To imagine; to believe without being able to prove.
Etymology: from the noun.
All are not always bound to hate and punish the true enemies of religion, much less any whom they may fancy to be so: all are always obliged to love its true friends, and to pray for its very enemies. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.
If our search has reached no farther than simile and metaphor, we rather fancy than know, and are not yet penetrated into the inside and reality of the thing; but content ourselves with what our imaginations furnish us with. John Locke.
the faculty by which the mind forms an image or a representation of anything perceived before; the power of combining and modifying such objects into new pictures or images; the power of readily and happily creating and recalling such objects for the purpose of amusement, wit, or embellishment; imagination
an image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit
an opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression
inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking
that which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value
a sort of love song or light impromptu ballad
to figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof
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
to believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal)
adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods
extravagant; above real value
"Fancy" is a song written and originally performed by Bobbie Gentry in 1969. The song depicts its heroine's overcoming poverty to become a successful courtesan. Other than Gentry's, the best known version of the song was recorded in 1990 by country music artist Reba McEntire for her Rumor Has It album. McEntire had a Top Ten country hit with her cover of the song in 1991.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fan′si, n. that faculty of the mind by which it recalls, represents, or makes to appear past images or impressions: an image or representation thus formed in the mind: an unreasonable or capricious opinion: a whim: capricious inclination or liking: taste: (Shak.) love.—adj. pleasing to, or guided by, fancy or caprice: elegant or ornamental.—v.t. to portray in the mind: to imagine: to have a fancy or liking for: to be pleased with: to breed animals:—pr.p. fan′cying; pa.p. fan′cied.—p.adj. Fan′cied, formed or conceived by the fancy: imagined.—n. Fan′cier, one who has a special liking for anything, or who keeps a special article for sale: one who is governed by fancy.—adj. Fan′ciful, guided or created by fancy: imaginative: whimsical: wild.—adv. Fan′cifully.—n. Fan′cifulness.—adj. Fan′ciless, destitute of fancy.—ns. Fan′cy-ball, a ball at which fancy-dresses in various characters are worn; Fan′cy-dress, dress arranged according to the wearer's fancy, to represent some character in history or fiction; Fan′cy-fair, a special sale of fancy articles for some charitable purpose.—adj. Fan′cy-free (Shak.), free from the power of love.—n.pl. Fan′cy-goods, fabrics of variegated rather than simple pattern, applied generally to articles of show and ornament.—n. Fan′cy-mong′er (Shak.), one who deals in tricks of imagination.—adj. Fan′cy-sick (Shak.), of distempered mind, love-sick.—ns. Fan′cy-stitch, a more intricate and decorative stitch than plain-stitch; Fan′cy-stroke (billiards), an unusual stroke, or one made to show off one's skill; Fan′cy-work, ornamental needlework.—The fancy, sporting characters generally, esp. pugilists: pugilism. [Contracted from fantasy.]
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fancy is ranked #60790 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Fancy surname appeared 331 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fancy.
80.9% or 268 total occurrences were White.
8.4% or 28 total occurrences were Asian.
7.8% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
1.8% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Fancy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1959
Rank popularity for the word 'Fancy' in Verbs Frequency: #783
The numerical value of Fancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Fancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of Fancy in a Sentence
'Resource-constrained environment' are fancy Pentagon words that mean there isn't enough money to go around.
Building a fancy car to impress people is actually fairly easy as long as you're willing to spend the money, the most challenging part is mass production - coming up with a car everybody can buy, with high quality but at a significantly lower cost.
When I was one-and-twenty, I heard a wise man say, Give pounds and crowns and guineas, But not your heart away." Give pearls away and rubies, But keep your fancy free." But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.
Consuming protein this way stimulates protein synthesis in the cells, which is just a fancy way of saying the production of healthy, lean muscle mass.
You’re sitting there in the middle of this fancy neighborhood in Seattle, not being faithful in your marriage and breastfeeding your baby while you’re doing drugs, and all of a sudden you wake up and say to yourself, ‘What in the hell am I doing?!
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Translations for Fancy
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- غير حقيقيArabic
- въобразявам си, фантазия, въображение, украсен, обичам, майсторски изработен, харесвам, причудлив, каприз, представям си, пристрастие, прищявкаBulgarian
- fantasiaCatalan, Valencian
- mít chuťCzech
- kunstvoll, Einbildungskraft, Vorstellungskraft, Vorstellung, Anhänger, Einbildung, schrill, Eindruck, ausgefallen, Zuneigung, Anhängertum, Leidenschaft, Vernarrtheit, verworren, Fantasie, Einfall, edel, vertrackt, Idee, raffiniert, kraus, nobel, einfallsreich, Anhängerschaft, Gefallen, geschickt, schick, FansGerman
- apetecer, provocar, tincar, antojar, tener ganas, ser atraído por, gustarSpanish
- علاقه داشتن بهPersian
- hienostunut, tehdä mieli, intoilijat, hieno, harrastajat, haluta, oikku, koristeellinen, päähänpisto, ihastusFinnish
- saoil, smaoinichScottish Gaelic
- amante, fedele, fanatico, sbandata, mania, maniaco, impuntatura, fantasia, capriccio, ghiribizzoItalian
- zin in hebbenDutch
- уявити, уявляти, хотіти, бажатиUkrainian
- پسند ہیںUrdu
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