What does fancy mean?

Definitions for fancy
ˈfæn sifan·cy

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. illusion, fantasy, phantasy, fancynoun

    something many people believe that is false

    "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"

  2. fancynoun

    a kind of imagination that was held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination

  3. fondness, fancy, partialityadjective

    a predisposition to like something

    "he had a fondness for whiskey"

  4. fancyverb

    not plain; decorative or ornamented

    "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"

  5. 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"

  6. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. fancynoun

    The imagination; an imagined image.

    The film rose from Stephen's fancy.

  2. fancynoun

    A whim.

    I had a fancy to learn to play the flute.

  3. fancynoun

    Love or amorous attachment.

    He took a fancy to her.

  4. fancynoun

    Any sport or hobby pursued by a group.

  5. fancynoun

    The enthusiasts of such a pursuit.

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

  6. fancynoun

    A diamond with a distinctive colour.

  7. fancyverb

    To appreciate without jealousy or greed.

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

  8. fancyverb

    would like

  9. fancyverb

    To be sexually attracted to.

    I fancy that girl over there.

  10. fancyverb

    To imagine, suppose.

  11. fancyadjective

    Decorative.

    This is a fancy shawl.

  12. fancyadjective

    Of a superior grade.

    This box contains bottles of the fancy grade of jelly.

  13. fancyadjective

    Executed with skill.

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

  14. fancyadjective

    Unnecessarily complicated.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FANCYnoun

    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.

  2. To Fancyverb

    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.

  3. To Fancyverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fancynoun

    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

  2. Fancynoun

    an image or representation of anything formed in the mind; conception; thought; idea; conceit

  3. Fancynoun

    an opinion or notion formed without much reflection; caprice; whim; impression

  4. Fancynoun

    inclination; liking, formed by caprice rather than reason; as, to strike one's fancy; hence, the object of inclination or liking

  5. Fancynoun

    that which pleases or entertains the taste or caprice without much use or value

  6. Fancynoun

    a sort of love song or light impromptu ballad

  7. Fancyverb

    to figure to one's self; to believe or imagine something without proof

  8. Fancyverb

    to love

  9. Fancyverb

    to form a conception of; to portray in the mind; to imagine

  10. Fancyverb

    to have a fancy for; to like; to be pleased with, particularly on account of external appearance or manners

  11. Fancyverb

    to believe without sufficient evidence; to imagine (something which is unreal)

  12. Fancyadjective

    adapted to please the fancy or taste; ornamental; as, fancy goods

  13. Fancyadjective

    extravagant; above real value

Freebase

  1. Fancy

    "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

  1. Fancy

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fancy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1959

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fancy' in Verbs Frequency: #783

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fancy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fancy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of fancy in a Sentence

  1. Freeman Shen:

    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.

  2. Rick Carter:

    You can have all of this fancy stuff and a sci-fi movie is whatever it wants to be. Everyone is trying to outgun each other. This isn't about that. This is about the force.

  3. Golda Meir:

    I don't know why you use a fancy French word like detente when there's a good English phrase for it - cold war.

  4. John Keats, Letter to James Rice, Feb 1820:

    I muse with the greatest affection on every flower I have known from my infancy - their shapes and colours are as new to me as if I had just created them with a superhuman fancy - It is because they are connected with the most thoughtless and happiest moments of our lives.

  5. Hazlitt:

    The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. They fancy themselves superior to every one else, and, not being sure of making good their secret pretensions, decline entering the lists altogether. Thus they ?lay the flattering unction to their souls? that they could have said better things than others, or that the conversation was beneath them.

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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
  • fancyDanish
  • 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
  • φαντασίαGreek
  • fantazioEsperanto
  • apetecer, provocar, tincar, antojar, tener ganas, ser atraído por, gustarSpanish
  • علاقه داشتن بهPersian
  • hienostunut, tehdä mieli, intoilijat, hieno, harrastajat, haluta, oikku, koristeellinen, päähänpisto, ihastusFinnish
  • fantaisieFrench
  • saoil, smaoinichScottish Gaelic
  • amante, fedele, fanatico, sbandata, mania, maniaco, impuntatura, fantasia, capriccio, ghiribizzoItalian
  • impetusLatin
  • zin in hebbenDutch
  • fancyNorwegian
  • zachciankaPolish
  • chiquePortuguese
  • extravagantRomanian
  • маскарадныйRussian
  • fintSwedish
  • fanteziTurkish
  • уявити, уявляти, хотіти, бажатиUkrainian
  • پسند ہیںUrdu

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