[ US /ˈfænsi/ ]
[ UK /fˈænsi/ ]
  1. not plain; decorative or ornamented
    fancy clothes
    fancy handwriting
  1. imagination or fantasy; held by Coleridge to be more casual and superficial than true imagination
    never had the wildest flights of fancy imagined such magnificence
  2. something many people believe that is false
    they have the illusion that I am very wealthy
  3. a predisposition to like something
    she had dismissed him quite brutally, relegating him to the status of a passing fancy, or less
    he had a fondness for whiskey
  1. 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
  2. have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
    She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window
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How To Use fancy In A Sentence

  • It is by these special touches that the author infuses the books with the spirit of humanity, without which a fantasy becomes an empty fancy.
  • Every large town will have quite a few horologers and jewelers with a vast selection of fancy watches displayed their windows, with huge price tags to go with them.
  • Clearly the megalosaurus in the opening passage of Bleak House is a flight of hyperbolic fancy (inspired, I would guess, by the papier-mâché dinosaurs constructed for the Crystal Palace Exhibition, a couple of years earlier).
  • The Christmas penny jar will buy more food and drink than we could possibly consume over the holiday and there aren't any goodies I truly fancy finding in my stocking.
  • Try poppies, cornflowers, stocks, love-in-a-mist, cosmos, mignonette, larkspur, honesty, ox-eye daisies, marigolds, phlox, sunflowers, zinnias - whatever takes your fancy.
  • A year later, in ‘L' Allegro ’, the delphic element had disappeared, and Milton's cheerful man heard ‘Sweetest Shakespeare, fancy's child Warble his native woodnotes wild’.
  • No magic numbers, fancy formulas or special percentages of carbs, fats and proteins are necessary to reap the benefits of a smart lower-carb diet.
  • What could stop two swashbuckling heroes from venturing in for another gruelling day larking around in fancy dress? The Sun
  • I believe there is a 19 year old Tory standing in Coatbridge and Chryston but, personally, I don't fancy his chances. When two tribes go to war (part four)
  • But she knew that had she done so — had she so resolved — that which she called her fancy would have been too strong for her. Phineas Finn
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