What does fanciful mean?

Definitions for fancifulˈfæn sɪ fəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word fanciful.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fanciful, notional(adj)

    indulging in or influenced by fancy

    "a fanciful mind"; "all the notional vagaries of childhood"

  2. fanciful, imaginary, notional(adj)

    not based on fact; unreal

    "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt; "a small child's imaginary friends"; "to create a notional world for oneself"

  3. fanciful(adj)

    having a curiously intricate quality

    "a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"


  1. fanciful(Adjective)

    imaginative or fantastic; unreal or imagined

  2. Origin: fancy + -ful

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fanciful(adj)

    full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects

  2. Fanciful(adj)

    conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory

  3. Fanciful(adj)

    curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fanciful in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fanciful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Edgar Allen Poe, The Murders in the Rue Morgue:

    The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.

  2. Sophocles:

    Knowledge must come through action you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.

  3. Sophocles, Trachiniae:

    Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.

  4. Henry Tuckerman:

    To impress others we must be earnest; to amuse them, it is only necessary to be kindly and fanciful.

  5. Ron Johnson:

    It is not the fanciful to think that ISIS may be assaulting some of those refugees with some of their operatives.

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